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'The problem is that with a government that develops irritable bowel syndrome every time a focus group starts whingeing, it may be difficult to keep its nerve long enough to see the process through.' Ken Livingstone on John Prescott's new transport policy. Independent, 22.7.98

'Mr Prescott is currently in the High Court enforcing an extra 12,000 houses on West Sussex council against its wishes . . . While one Mr Prescott is discouraging car use, the other Mr Prescott is legally demanding it. Perhaps an integrated transport policy should start at the top.' Simon Jenkins. The Times, 22.7.98

'Only Princess Diana's butler is absent from this list of improbable and undeserving luminaries. If Chris Smith can find no better councillors than these, we must ask ourselves if we really need an Arts Council.' Brian Sewell. Evening Standard, 21.7.98

'It is the sort of Utopia William Morris might have dreamed of, if only he had gone to business school . . . Blair's New Britain made flesh. Cappuccinos for all. No deviancy. Be modern. Look nice. Care, and you will be provided for. A vague feeling that your status as an individual is being subtly eroded . . . '

Rowan Moore on Niels Torp's ba hq. Evening Standard, 21.7.98 'Hitler provides such a promising subject to anyone with a theory of human development. His supposed monorchism (what Professor Alan Bullock calls 'the one ball business') can be made to account for not only his murderous personality, but his interest in architecture.' Bill Saunders. ios, 19.7.98

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