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Judith Martin

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  • Comment on: Garden Bridge failure should be likened to Kids Company scandal, MPs told

    Judith Martin's comment 12 June, 2019 11:04 am

    I'm not sure I like the comparison with Kids Company. Yes, there were charismatic individuals at the helm of both - although it's probably not often that Camila Batmanghelidjh and Joanna Lumley are grouped together - but Kids Company was criticised for handing out money to needy individuals without sufficient scrutiny while the Garden Bridge lot, backed all the way by the then mayor, can be criticised for handing out money to the very well heeled. Not for a second would I compare that other charismatic blond, the ex mayor, to Batmanghelidjh: one motivated solely by self interest, the other by a desire to help the poor.
    In fact it's hard to guess how the Garden Bridge people spent so much - endless consultants, obviously, and untendered contracts, but also countless jamborees for their friends, it seems.
    Where the Charity Commission is at fault is in allowing dubious organisations with little or no public benefit to become charities in the first place. The public benefit of Kids Company was clear, the public benefit of the bridge was such that it was eventually cancelled. It seemed to be solely connected with what the French have called augurité - the desperate desire of politicians to inaugurate something, anything, at no matter what cost.

  • Comment on: dRMM’s Hastings Pier becomes unlikely conduit of Brexit angst

    Judith Martin's comment 25 March, 2019 12:19 pm

    Which side, Mr Finch? It takes a bit of imagination to see a Brexit analogy here but it's no bad thing to be a little light-hearted about two shameful situations.
    Never mind Brexit (actually I do, hugely), what about James Bond? Ian Fleming knew the best way to take a swipe at an enemy was to make fun of them. Probably the best thing to do with this Goldfinger is to take the piss.

  • Comment on: Scottish laird bids to resurrect Cardross seminary rescue plan

    Judith Martin's comment 18 February, 2019 12:36 pm

    A shame about Gordon Gibb's gloom, although I love the 'alter boys' remark.
    It was always going to be a struggle to bring great numbers of the public to an arts centre here - on a regular basis, rather than for a once-in-a-decade experience such as that two or three years ago. But a Scottish Bauhaus school would be a fabulous reuse. Taigh Toghail doesn't sound like a community building in the usual struggling, 'what the hell are we going to do with unwanted building' sense. And I would hope that the community would be able to use it, for classes, training, events. There are trustee links with the suffering Macintosh School - maybe there could be practical academic links. From albatross to dove to phoenix, perhaps. Hurrah for John Bute and his trust funds. The building and the area need them.

  • Comment on: Concrete: do architects have their heads in the sand?

    Judith Martin's comment 16 January, 2019 7:25 pm

    It's probably about 20 years since I found - from, I think, Blue Circle's own information - that a tonne of cement produces a tonne of CO2. That makes it all the more important to preserve the embodied energy in buildings like Preston Bus Station (saved) or the Tricorn Centre (lost). A downturn in the cycle of popularity is really not enough. Think of the amount of concrete in the Aylesbury Estate.

  • Comment on: Jewish peers call for Adjaye’s Holocaust Memorial to be dropped

    Judith Martin's comment 3 October, 2018 12:04 pm

    I couldn't agree more with the peers but - pace the summer's Labour party difficulties - have felt unable to express an opinion. Now those with a rock solid involvement have spoken out, perhaps this damaging scheme could be ditched. London is not Berlin, where Peter Eisenman's elegant memorial, and the many lesser ones, are essential.
    While anti semitism in the UK is clearly still real, education would be a far better use of the money.

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