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When Tate Modern opened its doors Jonathan Glancey described the contrasting fortunes of the power stations at Bankside and Battersea as emblematic of British politics. The former's triumphant resuscitation was the ultimate symbol of New Labour's cultural enlightenment, while the latter's steady decay was symptomatic of the philistine sterility of the Thatcher years.

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