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Meaningless ideas are still useful in politics

Several times a year, regular as clockwork, there comes a message of hope. Not only from the Pope or the archbishop of Canterbury, but from Lord Rogers of Riverside, patron saint of city life. The sentiment is always the same, even if there is a contradiction now and then. For instance in The Times in 1997 he announced: 'Nine out of ten Britons now live in cities, most of them communities of more than 100,000 people. This startling statistic reveals us to be predominantly urbanised.' ...

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