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'While I am on the subject of jobs, I should say that, in today's Evening Standard, it is estimated that millennium tourism will create 50,000 new jobs. This is what the Evening Standard calls a 'jobs bonanza'. I do not care what the paper calls it: it will be good news for many people and their families in this country.' Peter Mandelson at question time in the House of Commons, 20.4.98

'The choice of a dome - a symbol normally associated with mosques - has been a source of much puzzlement and excitement. 'We should participate,' I have heard somebody say, 'because who knows, one day, when Britain is a Muslim country insha'Allah, we wouldn't have to build a new Islamic centre. A crescent and star on the Millennium Dome would send the message far and wide!'' Fuad Nahdi on Britain's Muslims and the millennium. Independent, 25.4.98

'The charge of emotional incorrectness is now levelled at anyone who dissents from Blair's vision of the Millennium Experience as 'the greatest day out in the world'. Admittedly, the giant, transparent, ambiguously sexed figure that will dominate the Experience may be a national symbol more potent than we realised. For what has Blairism proved to be but a bare face, a shiny surface, a paucity of guts and a desperate need to be all things to all men?' Philip Norman. Sunday Times, 26.4.98

'In a stylish home, even the small details are vital - and wastepaper baskets can be very, very chic.' Advice from Ruby Osborne in the Guardian's design supplement, Space, 24.4.98

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