I now feel a slight sense of embarrassment as I approach the British pavilion in the Venice Biennale. The Biennale started in 1895, the British pavilion was designed by Edwin Alfred Rickards, the architect of Methodist Central Hall, and opened in 1909. We were given a central place in the Celesteville view of national competition in culture. I no longer feel we deserve this with our insular retreat in Little Englandism and xenophobia and our determination to renounce our historic links and collaboration with neighbouring countries in Europe; and I am glad to be able to say this when freedom of speech has been so stifled amongst all those in any way on the payroll of the state.
Caruso St. John have just ignored the pavilion and built a temporary viewing platform on top:-