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Just 3.5 per cent of British people believe they are in the top income quartile; 47 per cent believe they are in the bottom. [Prospect, p48] In 1981, 24 per cent of British mothers returned to work within a year of giving birth; 20 years later, the figure was 67 per cent. [The Guardian, 6th December 2004] 48 per cent of people in Kensington and Chelsea live alone. [Sunday Times, 24th October 2004] In Britain, transaction costs amount to an average 2 per cent of house purchase prices; in Belgium, the figure is 18 per cent. [Financial Times, 5th November…

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