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Leading Article: Millennial dilemmas

How would you celebrate the millennium? Some would like to build a vast inverted saucer with a lot of gigantic cocktail sticks poking out the top. Others suggest a vast street party (on the M1, perhaps?) or rides on a Ferris wheel higher than St Paul's.

John Butcher, a former minister, who has recently been on a monastery retreat, says we should shut down all TV transmission for a few days, and regard the event as a vast national escape, an enforced weekend of meditation. His idea would surely lead to half the nation running amok, while the other half collapsed in despair. As the old song says, maybe we should call the whole thing off.