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'I thought Smith had come to praise the arts, not to bury them.' Richard Morrison. The Times, 12.6.98

'Chris Smith's problems are largely accidental. They arise out of a combination of the toxic conceitedness of Gerald Kaufman, who chairs the culture select committee, and the sudden withdrawal from day-to-day politics not only of the prime minister but also of his press secretary. As Tony Blair moves up to a grander office in Number Ten, symbolising his transition from party politician to world statesman, so too does Alastair Campbell lift his eyes from the pedestrian business of nannying ministers' reputations and set his sights on national destiny. In short, no-one's minding the shop.' Private Eye, 12.6.98

'How much longer can people attack me with a nod and a wink and a snigger? The answer, of course, is for ever.' Prospective Mayor of London, Jeffrey Archer. Spectator, 12.6.98

'We are going to ask the big questions, and it will not be a Disneyfied, feel-good experience. It will show grief and it will show evil.' Christopher Frayling, head of the Royal College of Art, on the spirit zone in the Dome he has been appointed to oversee. Sunday Times, 14.6.98

'But does an account of Stirling's love of women, wine, food, bird-watching, jazz, colourful shirts, Neoclassical furniture and cats add to our understanding of his work? I think it does.' Kenneth Powell on Mark Girouard's book, Big Jim: The Life and Work of James Stirling. Sunday Telegraph, 14.6.98

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