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Legacy let-down

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Astragal enjoys nothing more than to sit down with a nice cup of Horlicks and read RIBA president Jack Pringle’s blog at www.architecture.com . The latest instalment sees our Jack looking back on ‘Ten Years of Tony’ – and discussing his views on the outgoing Prime Minister’s legacy to architects. Jack paints Blair as a PM who promised architects the world but failed to deliver – that’ll be a politician then Jack. According to Pringle, Blair – in architectural terms – got off to a fine start with the formation of CABE, but with PFI ended up crashing and burning in spectacular style. Looking to the future, Jack appears to be of the opinion that Gordon Brown doesn’t ‘get’ architecture, although fortunately he believes Yvette Cooper does.

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