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although I agree personally on the choices of individual buildings (the ones I know anyway) and generally agree with the British establishment’s idea of good design, I think that these kinds of policies are verging on fascism. This policy along with the anouncement last week that only houses of outstanding design quality will be given planning permission on the countryside are straying into a dangerous area where government is dictating design.

It’s OK now when the labour government thinks that contemporary modernism is cool, but what about in 15 years when a Tory government might think that neo-georgian-hacienda is cool and has the regulatory precedents to enforce it? Don’t forget that John Prescott also thinks that Celebration and Seaside are the way to go for mass housing…

Maybe it’s lucky that the Irish cabinet don’t give a toss about design quality after all.

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