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The election result alters the social attitudes that underlie the profession


Well I'm very glad that Tony Fretton still leans left but I disagree with him on this. The problem with the Labour party is that in 1997 following repeated frustrated attempts at getting elected it, led by Tony Blair, decided that a lean to the right was necessary to achieve success. Tony justified this to himself by adopting the Tory belief in Wealth trickling downwards and by telling himself that UK politics is a 2 part system where Labour -in any form- are the de-facto champions of social justice. Ed Miliband realised that the party under Blair had lost it's soul and tried to build it back in the last campaign, but he was never convincing because he himself never convinced the Blairites that surrounded him. Just look now how they are preparing for another lean to the right. The only saving grace of the Blair government was the high level of public investment but how much of it will actually turn out to be substantive in the long term and how much of it was actually 'bread and circuses'? If you're an architect today you bemoan the fact that both New Labour and The Conservatives have conspired to solidify the UK as a nation of shopkeepers. Making money is the only thing that matters and is doesn't matter how one does it. This attitude is anathema to architecture which one of the last arenas where values trump prices, and this is why we are at such a low ebb. Blair and Cameron have given us a generation of architectural graduates who'd be financially better off doing almost anything else, and a generation of our brightest and best science and maths graduates heading straight for the City of London or Wall Street rather then to engineering and research careers. 13 years of New Labour made leftist politics impossible in a two party system and made the Tory's 'mission' easier. The trend is set to continue unless we change the system to Proportional Representation. Of curse we mustn't forget than this move to the right (which is always talked about as a move to the centre) is driven by the public who vote, who tend to be conservative in nature. Lefties tend to be young (before they become well off) and don't tend to vote. It's great that people like Fretton remain true to their values despite changing life circumstances, but then architects tend to do that anyway don't we.

Posted date

13 May, 2015

Posted time

2:29 pm