10th December 2021

To talk about the Party or not to talk about the Party?

To talk about the Party or not to talk about the Party?   The news over the past few days has been totally dominated by that party… the one at number 10 last year when we all had to cancel Christmas and sit on our […]
2nd July 2021

Head for the hills: are cities dying?

Head for the hills: are cities dying?   At the end of every world crisis, be it a pandemic or war, there is always a time for reflection. What have we learnt and what can we do better? Too often the answer is SFA. The […]
25th June 2021

The REAL reason the Tories lost the by-election

The REAL reason the Tories lost the by-election   The pundits have numerous perfectly reasonable reasons as to why the Conservatives were annihilated at the Amersham and Chesham by-election. And they’re all wrong. The real reason is that the well-healed people of Buckinghamshire have not […]
18th June 2021

When is a planning permission not a planning permission?

When is a planning permission not a planning permission?   The Council chamber is empty. The Nimby’s have packed up their placards and gone home. The officers heave a sigh of relief that their recommendation has been approved. The developer and the army of consultants […]
11th June 2021

Is Mrs Thatcher’s dream coming true?

Is Mrs Thatcher’s dream coming true? In her first speech as leader to the Conservative Party Conference in 1975, Mrs Thatcher pledged a property-owning democracy. She wasn’t the first, the concept had been around since the 1920s.  The Tory Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, whose family […]
21st May 2021

Shock as housing crisis ends

Shock as housing crisis ends Now just because I’m Irish, there is no need for comments about my infamous drinking. Look at the map. You will see that for the vast majority of people in the UK, housing is not their primary concern. It’s only […]