Jonathan Portes is director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and former chief economist at the Cabinet Office.

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21 February 2000
As a rule, Mike Leigh doesn't do genre films. Indeed, his portraits of the asperities of British life have effectively...
21 February 2000
A prisoner on Robben Island complains when his cellmate tries to teach him the story of Antigone. Greek legend, he...
21 February 2000
In the past month, two mini-earthquakes (not many hurt, yet) have hit Sky One. The first eruption was in January when...
21 February 2000
How much would you pay for the ramblings of a few thousand teenage geeks obsessed with Natalie Portman? A million...
21 February 2000
Fifty years from now, British eaters may have some rather surprising Proustian food associations. On drinking a glass...
21 February 2000
Men are turning into big girl's blouses. That is, according to a report by Whitbread's Hogshead pub chain. Their...
21 February 2000
For anyone of even a mildly liberal disposition, the new century has not begun well. The government's attempt to...
Books
21 February 2000
"And what exactly is the daily life you ought to live if you wished to be, and to be thought to be, a genuine...
Culture
21 February 2000
To say one word in criticism of the fiction of P G Wodehouse is a blasphemy to some, a simple error of judgement to...
Books
21 February 2000
We live in a culture of literary biography, doorstoppers pounding out by the ton - perhaps because we are too idle to...
Books
21 February 2000
Few cities have been stripped quite as bare by fiction as Ian Rankin's Edinburgh. With 11 novels completed in just over...
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21 February 2000
BBC World recently broadcast a 45-minute documentary on Northern Ireland. The producer showed a video of the programme...
Books
21 February 2000
Mary Webb is a stalwart of the second-hand bookshop. I defy anyone to enter a dusty book emporium and not find a copy...
Culture
21 February 2000
In 1990, the temporary revival in the fortunes of our national team coincided with the birth of a new literary sub-...
21 February 2000
No 3615 Set by Ms de Meaner We asked for a suspenseful thriller (or steamy romance) in which there were at least five...

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