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Life of the mind

Shrinking your friends

A friend of mine once phoned me from work where he’d locked himself into an empty office. “What shall I do?” he asked. “I’ve just found out that she’s been sleeping with Pete this whole time. I thought he was my friend!” I was stunned by this news. “Seriously, I’d chuck a glass of water in her lying face and then go and punch him!” I said. Half an hour later he called me back. “I’ve done it,” he said. And he had. Now he wanted to know how to cope with the office aftermath.

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In Prospect’s May issue: Simon Taylor and Bronwen Maddox on why Hinkley Point C is an expensive gamble that might not pay off. Philip Collins examines Iain Duncan Smith’s tenure as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Lionel Shriver reveals why she stopped fighting being female. Alan Rusbridger responds to last month’s piece on the Guardian by Stephen Glover. Also in this issue: Nicholas Soames says there’s no such thing as "Project Fear” and Howard Davies reviews Melvyn King’s new book and suggests that we are vulnerable to another financial crisis. Plus Ruth Dudley Edwards examines the fading myths of the Easter Rising and Owen Hatherley suggests it’s time to look for a Plan B to solve London’s housing issues.