All very interesting. Some clarification of Clarke's speech is given here -
----- Original Message -----
From: David Petts <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2003 9:09 AM
Subject: Charles Clarke....
> while leafing through this weeks Times Higher Educational Supplemtn I came
> across the following quote from Charles Clarke
> 'I don't mind there being some medievalists around for ornamental
> but there is no reason for the state to pay for them'
> ...this bloke is Minister of Education!