Letters to the Editor - 14/04 - Let the people vote, Housing bank, Best of Twitter

Let the people vote

[Re: Let voters kick out MPs between elections and watch standards soar, Thursday]
The right to recall is a vital addition to Britain’s democratic toolkit. Some argue that it would mark the end of representative democracy – our MPs would become delegates, following the whim of public opinion. But who can say that the majority of MPs behave like national-spirited guardians of our historic liberties today? Their powers have been circumscribed by the EU, they are whipped into voting for what their parties wish, and the disconnect between MPs and public has never been wider. Let us kick them out when we want.

Sam Rutland

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Housing bank

[Re: How London can smash through the brick ceiling limiting housing supply, Wednesday]
Richard Blakeway’s figures about the reality of so-called landbanking are very good, but his Housing Bank solution is strange. Rather than an incentive for developers to build below market value houses, which will be stuck on their books for a decade, the deputy mayor should be pushing his other solutions. Housing Zones, if they can channel anything like the long-term success of the Docklands regeneration, sound like a good start. While innovation is good, it’s probably best that it’s left to the private sector.

Name withheld

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