Magazine article The Spectator

A Man for All Parties

Magazine article The Spectator

A Man for All Parties

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From Mira Bar-Hillel Sir: Before saying that I agree with every word in Roger Scruton's article about Quinlan Terry and his Modernist enemies ('Hail Quinlan Terry', 8 April), I must declare an interest: Richard Rogers has twice sued me for defamation, once when I suggested in the London Evening Standard that he had said rude things about Prince Charles and again following a letter published in the Architects' Journal. So I must be extra careful.

Perhaps it would be safest to quote what Quinlan Terry said to me when I interviewed him after John Prescott very sensibly decided not to follow Lord Rogers's advice (in a private email) to call in Terry's classical designs for the classical Royal Hospital on the grounds that they were, Rogers alleged, 'architectural plagiarism'. Gentleman that he is, Quinlan Terry merely said, 'I am glad that the government has accepted it would have been wrong to step in just because Richard Rogers doesn't like me.' I must, however, remind my old friend Roger Scruton that while Rogers may indeed be 'the darling of New Labour', supporting Tony Blair -- who rewarded him by approving the Millennium Dome and vetoing its demolition, at great cost to the taxpayer -- he has taken care to keep other options open. …

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