Planning: All poverty, no progress

Planning: All poverty, no progress

Last night I attended a debate on Green Belt policy here at Brookes, organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute and mainly, it appears, based on last autumn’s Adam Smith Institute’s research paper “The Green Noose” by Tom Papworth, who was there to defend his work in front of what at times was a hostile…

/**
**/

Millennium Rent more like

Millennium Rent more like

Renting is for losers. Apparently. It is only now that any form of buying is out of reach of so many who a generation ago would have been able to buy, that people have taken up the cause for renters of all classes. As what would have been yuppies in the 80s now see little…

/**
**/

Who won Magna Carta?

Who won Magna Carta?

Judging by the reverence in which it is held, most people who are vaguely aware of Magna Carta's place in British, and beyond's, history think of it as some kind of a founding document of liberties of individuals against despotic monarchs and governments. It is somehow at the core of our constitution, and Englishmen abroad go…

/**
**/

The timeline to trouble

The timeline to trouble

So, a few days into the “LIBOR Scandal” what do we know, when did things start to go wrong and in what way did they breach “best practice”? Here’s a timeline to the current travails of the Treasury-privileged classes: 1690: John Freame, Quaker of Cirencester, and co-religionist Thomas Gould fled persecution in backward English countryside…

/**
**/

Planning Promotes Poverty

Planning Promotes Poverty

A veritable army of worthy groups, made up of regiments from the likes of the Council for the Protection of Rural England, the National Trust, Friends of the Earth, the Theatres Trust (why?) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and their well-heeled and erudite patrons and luminaries, is leading an attack on…

/**
**/