My attention has been brought to a recent article by one of the candidates for the London mayoralty, Stephen Norris, in Property Week.
In it, he suggested that CABE should be abolished on the grounds that we do not need 'a pompous collection of the great and good to tell us what constitutes decent architecture'. Fascinatingly, he tells us he doesn't like the Lloyd's Building or Norman Foster's Swiss Re, but that the latter is 'redeemed' by the British Museum. He also suggests that planners must have been on drugs when they gave consent for the buildings he (Norris) doesn't like. It doesn't stop there; in a reference to the audit of CABE's governance currently grinding away, he says Sir Stuart Lipton 'might reflect that, in public life, perception is as important as reality'. Well, how about the common perception of Norris as an overweight Tory Lothario with a credibility problem? Or that a man who claims that 'saboteurs'were responsible for a train crash caused by poor track maintenance by a company he now chairs, isn't fit to run the public lavatories in Leicester Square, let alone become mayor of London.