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An Egregious Future

Few elephants live in this country and most of those that do live in zoos. So conservation of them is unlikely to figure in any 25-year environment strategy, which is a pity, as the Plan published by the Government yesterday must have had two very large pachyderms roaming silently around the launch ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 12 January 2018

A Property Desiring Democracy

All but the most avid free-marketeers today accept there are instances of market failure and that these require government intervention now and then. But I am beginning to wonder if the current level of debate about English housing policy is starting to mark a sort of democracy failure. It was Winst...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 08 January 2018

The Body Of Adonis

The sudden resignation of Lord Adonis from the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission must have come as a bit of a shock to those looking forward to profiting from his Axis of Sprawl between Oxford and Cambridge. In truth, of course, it was concerns Adonis cited about Brexit and the increas...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 31 December 2017

Planning Is Good For You

I was actually quite shocked, a few years ago, when a planner I liked and respected accused me of not liking planners. As individuals, of course, planners are much like anyone else, a mixture of the likeable and unlikeable, the adorable and the, well, not-so-adorable. And I most certainly do not dis...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 28 December 2017

Garden Cities Of Yesterday

Ebenezer Howard was a remarkable man, still capable of causing controversy nearly 90 years after his death. His ideas still prompt protestations of loyalty which go beyond the obviously reasonable, but sometimes one does wish his defenders would actually read what he said. Right now many are arguing...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 19 December 2017

Reports Of The Death Of Dr Beeching Have Been Exaggerated

Headlines about the new national strategic vision for rail concentrated on an alleged Government plan to reverse Beeching, which must have been a relief to ministers given that the document looks like making our dysfunctional franchising system even worse and more expensive to the taxpayer. Reversin...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 December 2017

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