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Meeting of minds

When Department of Culture minister Alan Howarth recently entertained Downing Street policy chief Geoff Mulgan (founder of 'think-tank' Demos), it made for a poignant reunion. They had last met in a classroom in the privileged environment of Westminster School, where Howarth had instilled cultural values - to wit Eng Lit - into the adolescent Mulgan. No doubt they congratulated themselves on their success in overcoming the disadvantages of the past, in true New Labour fashion.

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