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Eyesores of the Westminster kind

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Why does Barry Sheerman mp think he has a divine right to go around identifying architectural eyesores for demolition (aj 23.4.98)? The language he employs to describe these buildings is that of the Prince of Wales, of course: they are 'carbuncles'. It is worrying that he thinks that these eyesores are self-evident, and that he proposes spending vast new amounts of Lottery money on their replacements. A cursory knowledge of the history of post- war demolition would tell us that one man's eyesore is another man's historical masterpiece - look at the way we used to think about Victorian architecture.

Mr Sheerman seems to be jumping on a populist bandwagon, and his choice of eyesores is bizarre: Ronald Ward & Partners' elegant Millbank Tower, and Colonel Seifert's Centre Point. If he has a problem with height, why doesn't he say so?

J H MILLIGAN

Middlesbrough

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