[Re: The coalition’s immigration policy has now lost all credibility, Friday]
Obsession with immigration (and the EU) has distracted attention from implementing real reform to increase our country’s economic capacity. Few are prepared to so boldly announce their support of immigration, and it has become a real emotional rather than rational issue.
I agree that immigration is positive for Britain, but let’s not pretend that it’s positive for everyone. Not all arguments against it are baseless.
[Re: We can solve Britain’s housing crisis. Here’s how, Friday]
Mark Clare is careful not to blame government for too many of the problems in the housing market. But how else does he think more of Britain came to be covered by golf courses than houses? What else but government policy makes the process of gaining planning permission for his developments take longer than actually building and selling the houses? Clare is right that housebuilders need to win the housing debate. But the only way they’ll do so is by calling a spade a spade, and demanding more radical liberalisation of the planning system.
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