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Dome politics are, of course, endlessly intriguing. The much-hyped book In Defence of the Dome, written by Penny Lewis, Vicky Richardson and Professor James Woudhuysen, praises among other things the Dome's 'daring architectural form', which suggests they don't know much about Frei Otto's work 25 years ago. They also claim that no money from taxpayers will be used, which suggets they know nothing about the site purchase, the cost of decontaminating the site, the cost of installing a tube station, etc etc. The Adam Smith Institute, which published the book, has taken on more than it can chew - especially as, how can one put this, the politics of these authors is as far removed from the institute as their ideas about the dome are from reality. Perhaps they will be spotted selling copies of the book on street corners.

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