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Lies, Damned Lies And Belters

Green belts are one of the most powerful implements in the toolbox of British planning but, like all powerful devices, they can become dangerous if mishandled. One of their big dangers is turning politicians into liars. I was reminded of this yesterday by the response of the Ministry of Housing, Com...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 15 October 2019

Election Fever

One should never, of course, pay too much attention to what politicians say at their party conferences, least of all when a general election is looming. Nevertheless, ministers do sometimes set out their stall for the coming Parliamentary term, or indeed their pitch to the voters. Just bear in mind ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 01 October 2019

Climate Action Day

Today, as every schoolkid knows, is Climate Action Day. Despite all the Climate Emergencies being declared by various people, today for most people, like every other day, will actually mean going about business as usual. As ever, climate action is something somebody else ought to take. Well, this w...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 September 2019

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Added on 13 April 2018

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Added on 13 April 2018

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Added on 12 December 2017

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Added on 12 December 2017

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Added on 12 December 2017

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Added on 07 December 2017

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Added on 06 December 2017

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Added on 05 December 2017

Smart Growth America warning on tax cuts

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Added on 05 December 2017

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Added on 04 May 2017