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Scotch broth


Critics of the new Scottish parliament are already ventilating their suspicions that the venue for this year's Stirling Prize dinner is part of a conspiracy to promote the Enric Miralles design. The dinner will be held in the hall of the Museum of Scotland, which links to the Benson & Forsyth extension, and some see the choice of venue as a prediction of a 'home town' winner. The Edinburgh Evening News quotes Peter Wilson of Napier University saying: 'I think it's an absolute stich-up. I can see that a mile off. I believe it [the Stirling Prize winner] will be the parliament not because of quality but because of the close relationship between the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Scottish Executive.' He may have been influenced by a comment from John Pelan, speaking for the RIAS: 'It is unarguably the most important building completed in the UK in the past 12 months.' Sounds conclusive.

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