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Not celebrating Mr K

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Isee publicity queen Gerald Kaufman is at it again. Chairman of the Commons select committee on culture, he has scarcely been out of the headlines this year, with his ad nauseam attacks on the British Library, Royal Opera House, bbc, etc. Now his moaning minnies have turned their attentions to millennial matters. His committee won headlines for its use of the phrase 'irritable Dome syndrome' last week, which apparently means that exhibits would be worthy but not attractive to children. What this has to do with irritable bowel syndrome, the physical affliction suffered by millions of pensioners and others, is far from clear. Nor is it clear how a superannuated bunch of mps, whose chairman has no children of any age, knows one way or the other what children like. I was pleased to see that Jennie Page refused to give the committee details of a new game being envisaged for the Dome for fear of it not remaining confidential. She is quite right, given the world of spin and backbiting we now inhabit. There is one piece of Lottery design for which Mr Kaufman has nothing but praise: Michael Wilford's Lowry Centre in Salford - close to Mr K's own constituency.

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