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Zaha Hadid says politics killed her Cardiff scheme

Zaha Hadid has blamed the 'triple whammy' of her design, her race and her sex as the real reason her design for the Cardiff Opera House scheme was killed off.

On Radio 4's Start the Week programme last week with Jeremy Paxman, Hadid said it was 'a political story'. 'We won the competition three times, but there were some elements that didn't want it to happen, and they killed it off.'

Hadid appeared alongside Daily Telegraph columnist Boris Johnson, who accused her of designing buildings which would be 'difficult to live and work in'.

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