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Palace of Westminster restoration challenges revealed

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Whilst appreciating its status symbol, and the fact it is well-connected to a lot of existing Whitehall infrastructure, surely the better solution would be to maintain it as a museum (perhaps the requirements for the refurb could be then less onerous as less need to make it suitable for 600+ MPs). Then, a new parliament with an "in the round" type debating chamber, similar to the Scottish Parliament and the Bundestag could then be created. This could really improve the way that politics is conducted in this country as the curved debating chamber reduces the concept of opposing sides, and could have the effect of making Parliament less confrontational. Debates about whether its location should still be in London are probably pie-in-the-sky, however by de-centralising decision making out of London, it would improve the balance of our cities. Currently London is the chief administrative, financial and cultural city (along with arguably best for civil engineering); moving Parliament out of London would go a long way to resolving this, albeit this is unlikely to happen in practice.

Posted date

11 January, 2019

Posted time

11:51 am

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