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The RIBA presidential hustings last Thursday were not the most entertaining ever but better than many. Events were, however, livened up by one of the more impetuous architectural hacks who asked the motley crew of assembled candidates what George Ferguson's biggest mistake had been so far.

While messrs Pringle, Foxell, Salisbury and Owen answered with tact and diplomacy, Richard Saxon surprised the gathering by claiming that the famous presidential red trousers were something of a problem. The former BDP chief argued that while it was a reasonable gimmick, the trousers often failed to emit the gravitas of the position and portray a serious business attitude to construction. Rather, he said, they exacerbate the image of architects as arty individuals slightly cut off from the rest of the industry. Is the favourite to become the next president wrong? Probably not, in all honesty.

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