[Re: We must urgently fix Britain’s horribly broken housing market, Friday]
A good piece. With population exploding, demand is rising inexorably in the South East, and new supply is coming from private landlords relentlessly subdividing houses into smaller flats. This is a problem, and is worsening people’s quality of life. We need a massive programme of housebuilding in the South East. Tower blocks are fine if designed well, but people want to live in houses with gardens – like their parents. So we either have to relax restrictions on the Green Belt, or allow commuter towns like St Albans to expand.
[Re: JK Rowling’s pseudonymous success is a triumph for democratic publishing, Friday]
Publishing might be becoming more democratic, but it’s worth noting that JK Rowling and her pseudonym shared the same agent, editor and publisher. That her new book was published at all probably had something to do with her previous success. The only traditional gatekeepers in publishing that seem to have lost influence are the critics – as their reviews didn’t translate into good sales. While I hope that books can become cheaper, and we can all have more influence over what gets published, it’s not happened yet.
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