Tory Minister John Hayes Divides Opinion With His Incredible Speech On Transport Beauty

It laid out a “provocative” plan to tackle the “ugliness” of Britain’s transport architecture, with Hayes adding that the new government had a “a unique opportunity to be the vanguard of a renaissance”.

He went on to rally against those who said public and industrial buildings needed to be nothing more than “bland”, saying such architecure emulated the “suffering and brutality of the human experience”.

Here’s a short extract: 

So be warmed – or warned – when I speak next I will set out when and how.

How we will change what is built and what is saved – roads, rail and beyond.

Some who did the damage to our country were crass and careless.

But some wrought monstrous havoc knowingly, wilfully.

All of them Philistines.

Well now the Philistines have met their David.

The speech was delivered on Tuesday at the Independent Transport Commission but was hailed by some as unlike any previously heard before.

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