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Leading article: Credits where credit is due

This is a scandal. As if British society is not already under enough pressure from one "credit crunch", we are now facing another. To find it, don't reach for your bank statement, however, switch on your television, where it is now virtually impossible to identify who is responsible for making the programmes. Credits are shrunk to a fraction of their natural size in order to give space to advertising, or run past the top of our screens as an illegible lightening-fast blur.

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The boy hero becomes Dirty Harry in this downbeat read

Of gods and men

'Why were the Jews the chosen people? Because old Jehovah had chosen them, replied the Christian god. And so it went round in circles'

Why do Shakespeare at all if you're going to do it like this?

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