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'As T S Eliot observed, the end usually comes not with a bang but a whimper. Yes, I know he was writing about something more central to human existence than the Arts Council of England. But watching the power, the raison d'etre and even the staff drain away from that sad quango has been akin to watching a much-abused mule whimper in its terminal throes.' Richard Morrison. The Times, 29.1.99

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