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A bad design is a bad design and just because a bureaucratic authority has invested time or money in it does not mean it should go ahead but a good design is a good one and railings used to be a cheap way to do a job yet allow people both within and without to see the space. If we do not continually oppose bad urban space we will get bad.

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As a journalistic outfit we will, we rather think, do something about it depending on what happens. It fits with the time.

After, and maybe during, Covid-19 the era when bureaucrats could hide behind elected representatives who have not the time and, in many cases, the intellectual bandwidth to have dreamt up what is done in their name, is coming to an end. By chipping away at democracy, bureaucrats have exposed a new, unexpected flank to accountability.

Forensic examination of what they do, especially their omissions, becomes opened-sourced when what they do is patently not widely beneficial.

Their defensive guff falls into dead space.

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There will be more change this year than in a decade.

We cannot accurately predict the winners and losers. Wimbledon may be a winner (because you can sell television rights for next year with a great deal of planning and smaller, non-grass tournaments will not get television coverage), private education a loser.

Property holding companies are not starting new office developments.

Trainers are getting fewer horses to train, more boxes not withstanding (of which there are a surplus and as historic yards go empty).

Parents are asking for fee discounts for next year (as they will not be getting what they expected. However, you could bubble boarding schools with no day pupils).

Airports need new business plans.

Business will not automatically return to our world class loci if they are not shown to be transparently fair places to do business. Bureaucrats should not necessarily humour yesterday's big noises at the expense of their own soon to be much more public reputations.

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PLANT FESTIVAL 2018
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120 MPH SERVICE AT WIMBLEDON
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AUSTRALIAN MEN'S HARDCOURT CHAMPIONSHIPS 2001

Reviewed by JOHN WOOLLARD



July 2020

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