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Philip Blain
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"Forty years ago, when deference was not yet dead and the governing classes had not yet discredited themselves through, among other things, an economic crash, an expenses scandal and a despised war, the mere fact of consensus was persuasive. ....To be an outsider in 1975, a Benn or a Powell, made you unreliable and eccentric. Now it makes you a fearless truth-teller, uniquely deserving of trust."

Unfortunately I still cannot view footnotes made in Word when I open the document in Kingsoft Office. Am I doing something wrong or is this simply not possible? I really need this feature; without it, I'll have to stick with the otherwise outdated Documents to Go. 

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So should I as a teacher then be allowed to choose who I teach? I think not... 
Marks & Spencer apologises after saying Muslim staff may refuse to serve customers pork and alcohol

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What am I doing back on G+? Must have way too much time on my hands... 

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This would never have happened on G+. They're bound to have a tie-in with Google Maps that warns you about the end of piers. 
A woman has had to be rescued after walking off a Melbourne pier while checking Facebook on her phone. If you have an embarrassing story of using your phone, you can share your experience with us here: http://bbc.in/1bP6EPd

Police said the woman, who couldn't swim, had managed to keep hold of her phone "throughout the entire ordeal". They urged people to pay more attention when using social media around water.
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Always nice to hear some good news at Christmas... 
Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'

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Why, in politics, the street still beats the tweet. 

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As expected, Germany's Constitutional Court today took another step towards granting full equality for gay and lesbian couples who have entered a civil partnership - and delivered a slap in the face to Angela Merkel and her cohorts in the conservative CDU and CSU parties. A good day for equality! 

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Some good news for all of us who've been signing petitions in the wake of the Bangladesh fire tragedy. Let's hope the other big names in the industry follow suit. 

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America's culture wars cross the Atlantic and unite old foes in Northern Ireland. It's a queer old world. 
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