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In effect, council has in the past delegated the choice of chair to the 'school community', but not without playing a significant role in the nature of the choice.

When Mostafavi was elected, the three final candidates were selected by council with agreed terms and conditions, so that the AA could not be held over a barrel by someone being elected and then writing their own contract.Will council be happy with the current situation? Not necessarily.

Apart from anything else, the 60 per cent poll was less than impressive and might put it into the council's mind to avoid the painful and disruptive process. The current problems stem from the previous failure of council to do anything about third terms, which are probably a mistake. Bedford Square should be more presidential in a US sense.

Meanwhile the phones are ringing all over London as well-meaning people come to terms with the democratic process AA-style. It appears that not enough was done to prepare for the special meeting where Mostafavi put his case, disrupted as that was by a student with a personal grievance which could in no way be resolved at the meeting. It was all very reminiscent of the bad old days, except that there is no financial crisis. In that respect at least, the AA has grown up.

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