These are words you rarely hear, let alone to ever hear coming from a transport authority. But John Hayes is not your typical transport authority.
The Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP discusses good design in transport at an event hosted by ResPublica, the Woodland Trust and the National Trust.
Tonight (17 July 2017) I am going to speak of the future.
Truth is an absolute. And beauty the means by which it is revealed to us in its most comprehensible form. In John Keats’ words:
Beauty is truth, truth beauty — that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
Through our connection with beauty, we enjoy a taste of the sublime and both an escape from and a compensation for the inevitable pains and trials of daily life.
Through beauty the common good is nurtured, for humans are spiritual creatures who need much more than their daily bread.
Our sense of place is inseparable from our sense of worth and so the places in which we live and the environment around us feeds our individual and communal well-being.
To believe that a government minister shouldn’t dare to speak of beauty is to assume that beauty is beyond politics or perhaps that politics is beneath aesthetics.
It is a misconception I want to confront this evening.