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david hingamp

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  • Comment on: Zaha finally unwraps new facility for Beirut university

    david hingamp's comment 12 June, 2014 8:33 am

    another of Zaha's same copy cat project all based on looks and an obsession with skew formed spaces. Why spend so much money on pointless results?

  • Comment on: Academics back RIBA's Israeli stance, as Gove wades in

    david hingamp's comment 28 April, 2014 8:56 am

    The main issue is here: criticising Israel does not make you an anti-semite. I think the RIBA is right in criticising what is happening on Palestine's land; we should all support it, even Israeli people, as this will only fuel more terrorism and violent reactions. I think jewish people still live in the fear of what their went through in the 20th century, hence their agressive defense mechanism. But to say the RIBA is anti-semite is just childish.

  • Comment on: Architects split over Thatcher's legacy: 'Right person' or 'mostly detrimental'?

    david hingamp's comment 9 April, 2013 8:19 am

    1. She supported the retention of capital punishment
    2. She destroyed the country's manufacturing industry
    3. She voted against the relaxation of divorce laws
    4. She abolished free milk for schoolchildren ("Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher")
    5. She supported more freedom for business (and look how that turned out)
    6. She gained support from the National Front in the 1979 election by pandering to the fears of immigration
    7. She gerrymandered local authorities by forcing through council house sales, at the same time preventing councils from spending the money they got for selling houses on building new houses (spending on social housing dropped by 67% in her premiership)
    8. She was responsible for 3.6 million unemployed - the highest figure and the highest proportion of the workforce in history and three times the previous government. Massaging of the figures means that the figure was closer to 5 million
    9. She ignored intelligence about Argentinian preparations for the invasion of the Falkland Islands and scrapped the only Royal Navy presence in the islands
    10. The poll tax
    11. She presided over the closure of 150 coal mines; we are now crippled by the cost of energy, having to import expensive coal from abroad
    12. She compared her "fight" against the miners to the Falklands War
    13. She privatised state monopolies and created the corporate greed culture that we've been railing against for the last 5 years
    14. She introduced the gradual privatisation of the NHS
    15. She introduced financial deregulation in a way that turned city institutions into avaricious money pits
    16. She pioneered the unfailing adoration and unquestioning support of the USA
    17. She allowed the US to place nuclear missiles on UK soil, under US control
    18. Section 28
    19. She opposed anti-apartheid sanctions against South Africa and described Nelson Mandela as "that grubby little terrorist"
    20. She support the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and sent the SAS to train their soldiers
    21. She allowed the US to bomb Libya in 1986, against the wishes of more than 2/3 of the population
    22. She opposed the reunification of Germany
    23. She invented Quangos
    24. She increased VAT from 8% to 17.5%
    25. She had the lowest approval rating of any post-war Prime Minister
    26. Her post-PM job? Consultant to Philip Morris tobacco at $250,000 a year, plus $50,000 per speech
    27. The Al Yamamah contract
    28. She opposed the indictment of Chile's General Pinochet
    29. Social unrest under her leadership was higher than at any time since the General Strike
    30. She presided over interest rates increasing to 15%
    31. BSE
    32. She presided over 2 million manufacturing job losses in the 79-81 recession
    33. She opposed the inclusion of Eire in the Northern Ireland peace process
    34. She supported sanctions-busting arms deals with South Africa
    35. Cecil Parkinson, Alan Clark, David Mellor, Jeffrey Archer, Jonathan Aitkin
    36. Crime rates doubled under Thatcher
    37. Black Wednesday – Britain withdraws from the ERM and the pound is devalued. Cost to Britain - £3.5 billion; profit for George Soros - £1 billion
    38. Poverty doubled while she opposed a minimum wage
    39. She privatised public services, claiming at the time it would increase public ownership. Most are now owned either by foreign governments (EDF) or major investment houses. The profits don’t now accrue to the taxpayer, but to foreign or institutional shareholders.
    40. She cut 75% of funding to museums, galleries and other sources of education
    41. In the Thatcher years the top 10% of earners received almost 50% of the tax remissions
    42. 21.9% inflation

  • Comment on: KieranTimberlake wins US Embassy project

    david hingamp's comment 23 February, 2010 5:24 pm

    This is not looking good at all for Battersea ore London.
    So not inspiring and not bringing anything to the city or its immediate surroundings.
    Very sad to see that an architecture as poor as this for a very important building.
    David - London

  • Comment on: RMJM hires 'Fred the Shred'

    david hingamp's comment 18 January, 2010 12:43 pm

    Architecture at that level of money, fees and expenses becomes a secondary issue.
    It's all about business and big money, who's who and how.
    Rather sad.
    At least it gives us more reasons and pride to carry on our projects!

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