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To produce a particular outcome from a Citizens’ Assembly, choose with care how you recruit to it, who you get to chair it, and who you allow to present their case to the members

Moors have become, in effect, unregulated farms. This dying terrain radiates extraordinary amounts of carbon dioxide

Brexit is not good news for Poland. But many Poles like me look on Brexit with admiration and hope

‘I am an instinctive, conventional, tribal Conservative voter. But now I just can’t bear even to listen to the shenanigans in Parliament a moment longer’

‘I’ve decided against taking the Medea job. It was a really hard decision but in the end I felt the part should go to an actress— sorry an actor, of either sex obviously — who really had eaten her children’

‘To eat less soya, eat more of it. The paradox bites only on those who are unaware of how much soya is contained in the meat they eat’

The West spends too much money on weapons and too little time on promoting its real strength: ideas

‘You have to prove you have the knowledge/expertise/ experience to be allowed to step outside your own culture. To whom, I wonder, do you have to prove this?’

‘The Today Programme will survive John Humphrys leaving but will we all survive the death of the right to make poor jokes?’

‘Accountability is the antithesis of independence. Judges who hold their positions at the pleasure of the executive will be expected to please the executive. Which, of course, is the whole idea’