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Martin Pawley: passing the buck at Fortress House

A couple of years ago, Sir Jocelyn Stevens, chairman of English Heritage, spoke at an aj/Bovis Awards dinner. After praising the even- handedness of his own organisation - just as happy to recommend the listing of an estate of prefabs as an eighteenth-century country house - he delivered his punchline: 'The people who take care of the past are the best people to take care of the future.' Most of his audience seemed to be satisfied with this, and no one queried who was going to take ...

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