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'Now that Ron Davies has admitted to the odd 'lapse of judgement', could we not readdress two of his previous lapses of judgement - the decision to site the national assembly in Cardiff instead of using the opportunity to spread some wealth further west into Wales, and the subsequent decision to spend millions on an unnecessary new building which resembles a load of old spheres.' Isobel Williams in a letter to The Times, 3.11.98

'I think that people further to the left than New Labour have the feeling that they are not with it, that they are somehow behind the times. But this is just not a viable system. The facts are with the left . . . A regime which provides human beings with no deep reasons to care about one another cannot long preserve its legitimacy.' Richard Sennett. Guardian, 5.11.98

'This will not be a hands-on museum. It's a brains-on museum.' Press officer of the Benson & Forsyth-designed new National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Observer, 8 11.98

'Benson maintains that 'museums in the late 20th century have become the secular cathedrals of an agnostic society. They safeguard, interpret and make available society's record and understanding of itself, and its cultural traditions. They are places of secular pilgramage and awe.' John Lloyd. Financial Times, 7.11.98

'They are completely non-functional. I'm a great believer in football tradition, but the past can't hold us back. [They are] just concrete blocks.' Tony Banks on the possible demolition of Wembley's twin towers. Sunday Telegraph, 8.11.98

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