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GUMMER SLATES 50s AND 60s ARCHITECTS FOR RUINING BIRMINGHAM

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The Environment Secretary John Gummer last night criticised architects in the 50s and 60s for ruining beautiful chu...
The Environment Secretary John Gummer last night criticised architects in the 50s and 60s for ruining beautiful churches and vandalising the city of Birmingham with monstrosities, the Birmingham Post reports (p1).

The paper says that Mr Gummer, speaking in a debate at the University of Birmingham, refused to back down from a claim that the city was ugly and shameful. He said Birmingham was an example of the result of a period of arrogance in the 1950s and 60s when architects believed they had a knowledge no one else possessed.

But Mr Gummer said he was not criticising Birmingham, the paper reports. He said he was using Birmingham as an example of the time and wen on to praise the city's Labour administration for its achievements in the past few years.
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