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Election tattle


So the government has finally put us out of our misery and told us when the general election will be held.

Let no one mislead you that architecture or design are going to be key issues. Tony Blair, John Prescott and their chums are more than happy to spout about 'quality architecture' when at events such as Delivering Sustainable Communities earlier this year, but anyone who tries to persuade you they give a damn about anything other than proving who can run the economy better is misleading you. For example, Charlie Kennedy has apparently adopted almost the entire RIBA Manifesto for Architecture. This is not a key sign that he really understands the importance of planning reform and the concerns of the architectural community; it is almost certainly because neither he nor his advisers have the time or inclination to think about it.

Sad but almost certainly true.

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