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Dippy department sums up Labour's failings


The RIBA may have praised Tony Blair's ministerial changes following his 5 May election victory (AJ 12.5.05), but it, like the Labour government, failed to notice the implications of renaming the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry.

'Dippy', as it quickly became known, was emblematic of Labour's ill-thought-through, quick-fix policies. Blair's administration may have promised a lot for the built environment in its first two terms, but it has singularly failed to deliver.

Fortunately, the government quickly saw sense and U-turned on its rebranding policy, so now we have the good old DTI back.

Let's hope Labour also backtracks on its similarly harebrained schemes, such as the Pathfinder plan to knock down 200,000 Victorian homes across the north.

Jon McGovern, Sheffield

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