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Martin Pawley: no previous experience necessary

Last week I thought I read that Tony Blair intended to appoint a 'new strong independent voice to speak for government', but I was mistaken. It was Chris Smith, not Tony Blair, and all he was going to do was shuffle the old pack of Tory Arts quangos, re-deal them crony-style, put a 'new strong independent voice to speak for architecture' in charge, and smother the lot in democratic safeguards.

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