There is a good case for stronger regulation, perhaps even abolition. But a one-sided view of the rights and obligations of property isn’t it.
There is next to no support among its ranks in the Commons for more immigration, liberalising planning law and improving access to European markets.
On both sides of the water, politicians are torn between urgent national need and powerful local objections to new development.
The shift to subsidies is more than the timely, targeted and temporary measures that we saw during the pandemic, and signifies a bigger change in global public policy.
This model will allow us to build villages with around 1,500 homes – or larger villages of 5,000 homes, which would allow a secondary school, medical centre and more social space.
The two easiest routes to boosting prosperity are by increasing immigration and planning reform. This is a reality few newfound enthusiasts for growth are willing to face.
We know that we can do more to ensure that when we expand our housing supply, we do so in the right places, with the right infrastructure, with the support of local people and local representatives.
Our new paper from the Adam Smith Institute finds there is more political space to deliver one than the politicians might imagine.
MPs must stop hiding from the fact that the political preferences of their voters are in direct conflict with the interests of the next generation.
The first part of a mini-series on ConservativeHome this week about how the Government can help Britain’s economy to grow faster.
Attacks on targets are criticising the problem’s symptom rather than its cause – that the English planning system is not currently designed to solve the country’s housing problems.
Is he fated to be a fire-fighter, a leader grappling with crisis? Or can he find the political space to deliver a more personal message – perhaps to do with education?
If getting worthwhile legislation passed means making deals with Labour, the Prime Minister should do so.
If we instituted the measure I propose, it would do more to help young people become homeowners than anything proposed by the target-obsessed.