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Has Diana’s death changed Britain? The pollsters reported that 41 per cent of people think that the country is now “more caring and compassionate” (NOP, Sunday Times) and 52 per cent think we now live in a “more giving age” (ICM, Guardian). But that’s funny, because 75 per cent think Britain is “no different” following her death (Harris Research, Independent). Well, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Most of us seem to have minds big enough to accommodate plenty of contradictory opinions.

Whatever the merits of league tables in comparing schools, they can certainly…

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