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Let's Get Rid [May. 21st, 2009|10:33 am]
Tony Grist
The Palace of Westminster is horrible.  The rooms are badly lit and the corridors smell of cabbage. True, medieval Gothic is about letting in as much light as possible.  Victorian gothic- the style in which the Palace is built-  is about creating an atmosphere of faux-ancestral gloom.  Pugin- the man responsible for all the finicky detail- who is now- for reasons that escape me- revered as a design god-  plastered the insides  with a special wallpaper dotted with big, black portcullises- the ugliest, most oppressive thing imaginable- and it's still in place. When it rots they restore it.

But the time for patchwork repairs is past.  We demand change.  The ghormenghastliness of Westminster immures our politicians in a fantasy world, shutting them in and us out, encouraging boysiness and petty corruption. We should hand the building over to Tussauds or the London Dungeon (I recognise that demolition is not an option) and build Parliament a new house- preferably in the Midlands and preferably with glass walls- like the Welsh Assembly- so that We the People can stand outside and watch the little buggers at work.

[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-05-21 12:35 pm (UTC)
Agreed - it would make a great museum. I got a tour of the building once and it is tiny and cramped and parochial.

I've also been round the Scottish Parliament and it seemed much better, the modern vibe gives the place a feeling of purpose and direction rather than an emphasis on the fuddy duddy maintenance of tradition.

Somewhere like my old home town of Stoke on Trent would be ideal. Central for access for all parts of the country, close to the M6 and well connected by rail, away from the chocolate boxy rich towns of the south and bang in the middle of urban deprivation to keep people centred on the issues.

Second homes would be pretty cheap too.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2009-05-21 12:44 pm (UTC)
This sounds like an ideal solution!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-05-21 01:59 pm (UTC)
Ailz was once part of delegation on disability that met with various people in and around the Palace of Westminster. We saw a lot of that terrain- including the insides of Portcullis House- which is beautiful.

Stoke would be an excellent choice- for all the reasons you give. I see no reason why we shouldn't have a political capital which isn't the cultural or economic capital. It seems to work for the USA and Australia.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-05-21 04:12 pm (UTC)
Stoke certainly qualifies on not being the cultural or economic capital. Although the Victoria Theatre is quite nice.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-05-21 04:32 pm (UTC)
And then there are all the potteries and pottery museums. Josiah Wedgewood is a hero of mine.
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