The Mail on Sunday
A fitting symbol for a nation dominated by phonies
ONLY a nation on the way down, whose culture was dominated by phonies and jokers, could allow the building of the stupid and ugly tower planned to adorn London’s Olympic Park.
I suppose that, since it looks like part of a collapsed steelworks, it might symbolise our lost industrial greatness. Compare this, and the vast, tatty zero of the London Eye (which ruins many fine prospects of Central London) with the things we used to build – St Paul’s Cathedral, now hemmed in by brutalist concrete, Big Ben, a soaring stone hymn to Victorian selfconfidence, and even the lost twin towers of Wembley.
Now all we propose is a futile tangle of metal that will look as if it has fallen down when it is up.