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Will Howie Science, not style

It is commonplace for the Government to say that Britain leads the world in some activity or another and there is nothing new about such heartening words. So it is not surprising that Prime Minister Tony Blair recently proclaimed that British scientists and engineers were 'the envy of the world'. These are the kind of sentiments we love to hear, but we should take them with a brimming cellar of salt, for we notice that it was the likes of Oasis and Blur that were regaled with canaps ...

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