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Oxford is said to be the home of lost causes. Now it is in danger of becoming one itself

Gum-splattered, tourist-infested, traffic-swamped Oxford suffers through another summer night. Bouncers loom in bar doorways, amid the perfume of stale lager and the throb of drums in a street where a young man was recently kicked unconscious for letting a woman jump the queue for the kebab van. Monoglot “language students” mill around McDonald’s. The drug dealers sit in their flashy cars waiting for trade. No doubt it was as bad as this in the middle ages, although they managed without gum, burgers or rock music, but should we be returning to the 14th century quite so soon?

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