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'As a politician, it is inevitable that Peter Mandelson has a disposable attitude to aesthetics. With someone like myself, who regards typography as far, far more important in the general run of things than politics itself, there is potential for conflict.' Stephen Bayley. Spectator, 17.1.98

'One imagines a focus group would very likely have turned down the Great Pyramid (impractical), Beethoven's late quartets (too difficult), and Guernica (too inflammatory).' Stephen Bayley on an undue emphasis on consumer research in determining the contents of the Dome. Daily Telegraph, 13.1.98.

'There are enough empty churches around the country without adding one the size of Mayfair to their number.' Sir Terence Conran on the Christian content of the Dome. The Times, 14.1.98

'Although a gifted furniture salesman, when Sir Terence enters the public arena . . . opportunism knocks.' A Times leader, 13.1.98

'No more picnics, no more children's games, no more rolling down the steep bank to the east, but a formal garden with all the paralysis of nature that this affront involves . . . It was not for such vandalism that Kensington Gardens was given to the nation.' Brian Sewell on the proposed memorial garden to Princess Diana. Evening Standard, 13.1.98

'This has been designed by someone who knows nothing about how to let offices.' An unidentified property agent on Number One Poultry. Sunday Telegraph, 18.1.98

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