Peter Wilby was editor of the Independent on Sunday from 1995 to 1996 and of the New Statesman from 1998 to 2005. He writes the weekly First Thoughts column for the NS.
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The truth is that many black students looking at the white, middle-class Oxford would justifiably conclude that they don’t belong.
The Guardian’s abiding problem is that the people who run it seem unable to add up, or at least read a balance sheet.
It is reassuring that we have a prime minister who returns from his Christmas break invigorated with new ideas.
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The Tube station ticket hall in Leytonstone where a middle-aged man carrying a guitar was attacked with a knife.
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