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Most babies in Britain are conceived without the conscious consent of the father. [Adrienne Burgess, IPPR]

In the recent attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan, the US launched nearly 80 cruise missiles which cost $750,000 each. [The New Yorker, 12th October 1998]

Of German households in cities, 48 per cent are one-person. [Claus Offe, Humboldt University]

In the mid-1980s, less than two thirds of Britons did their main food shopping by car; ten years later it was over three quarters. [Prospect, page 33]

The British tell pollsters that they recycle 45 to 50 per cent of their domestic waste-yet the…

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