I have admired both Jeremy Hackett’s taste and his entrepreneurialism for as long as I have known his story. Today I discovered this 2014 piece from the Evening Standard on Jeremy Hackett’s cottage in Stockwell, which he redesigned with Guy Goodfellow.
There are a couple of things that I would have done differently. I can’t help but imagine how much better a retro television would look in place of the incongruous LCD in the drawing room, and I would not have chosen at least four of the frames that you can see in that shot. However, the overall approach and style is absolute stunning: it manages to be wonderfully casual and neat at the same time. To have that eye.
This is the problem with exceptions to consumption taxes: the minute you make one, for whatever good reason, you are forced to make others, for equally good reasons.
Paul Mason writes in The Guardian‘s Comment is Free:
In Zoe Svendsen’s play World Factory at the Young Vic, the audience becomes the cast. Sixteen teams sit around factory desks playing out a carefully constructed game that requires you to run a clothing factory in China. How to deal with a troublemaker? How to dupe the buyers from ethical retail brands? What to do about the ever-present problem of clients that do not pay? Because the choices are binary they are rarely palatable. But what shocked me – and has surprised the theatre – is the capacity of perfectly decent, liberal hipsters on London’s south bank to become ruthless capitalists when seated at the boardroom table.
I have played a similar game, with a similar outcome. I was less surprised that Paul Mason appears to be. This is perhaps because his stock in trade is writing like a 12-year old, with all the naivety and fundamental misunderstandings that this brings. Nowhere is this clearer than in his final paragraph:
…to make a third industrial revolution happen needs something no individual factory boss can execute: the re-regulation of capitalism into something better.
This comes close to a verbatim rendition of the anti-market criticism John Kay has repeatedly skewered:
The critique of the market economy today is, as it has been since the end of socialism, largely incoherent – an incoherence nicely captured in the demonstrator’s slogan ‘capitalism should be replaced by something nicer’.