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Up pops Stephen Bayley in the Independent on Sunday , with an attack on Marks & Spencer - admittedly not the most difficult target. But Bayley does it in style, likening walking into M&S to 'entering a state-run pensions building in Bulgaria'. He then compares M&S with the Conservative Party, 'another robust brand polluted by arrogance, philistinism, greed and a terrifying lack of style'. He feels the firm is at four minutes to midnight. The Mail on Sunday is equally gloomy about our premier retail spot: 'Nightmare on Oxford Street - shock report highlights sad decline of the West End's shopping heart'. A report by consultant Donaldsons shows that properties in the street have fallen from second to 12th in terms of best financial performance in the UK. Crappo shops and maintenance and no co-ordinated strategy are responsible. All Westminster council can do is veto a Norman Foster tower for Selfridges.

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