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Putting Prince Charles' criticism in context

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After the furore and reported venom surrounding the giving and receiving of Prince Charles' latest 'attack' (AJ 14.9.00), I'm left to wonder where we would be without headline writers and niche-carving commentators? The answer is, a lot more understanding of the views of others, and far better placed to mount a sustainable attack on them.

I am not a fan of PC (Prince Charles, political correctness, or personal computers), but reading the actual words of the Prince's speech left me with the impression that the 'more sinned against' filters of journos and interested parties once more allowed the passage of nuances and meanings which, devoid of the substance that sets them in reasoned context, completely misrepresented his ideas.

If you do have to defend the architectural profession against his narrow-minded, ill-informed, amateur witterings, do please base your criticisms fairly on everything he says. Don't lift passages which suggest an industry-wide malaise and heap them on an architectural doorstep. Don't bleat that it's not all bad, when we know that human nature dictates that some of it has to be!

Tim J Oakley, by e-mail

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