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LORD Woolf was beaming as he brandished his glossy green report for the Press. For two years he had been closeted with academics, IT experts, consumer interest groups, lawyers and judges pondering what it should contain. Now it was all over and this was his chance to defend himself against the critics. His glowing introductory […]

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