23rd September 2022

Oh, For Frack’s Sake, Liz

Oh, For Frack’s Sake, Liz I have to hand it to our new Prime Minister – she’s not afraid of a frack fight. High up there with removing the cap on bankers’ bonuses she has announced that a key solution to the energy shortage is […]
16th September 2022

Planning – It’s all Bull****

Planning – It’s all Bull**** I love the countryside. Aaaah. The singing of the birds, the views of green fields and the rich, sweet smell of cow manure. I come from farming stock, and I’ve got a myriad of cousins still working the land around […]
2nd September 2022

Did Mrs T Get It That Wrong?

Did Mrs T Get It That Wrong? When you think of Mrs Thatcher, what thoughts come to mind? The Falkland’s War, fixing the economy, the miners’ strike and her flagship policy…privatisation. I won’t comment on the first three, but I have a confession to make. […]
26th August 2022

Gulliver

Gulliver When that great Irishman, Jonathan Swift, wrote Gulliver’s Travels, he could not have known that it would be as relevant today…or more so. As you may remember, Gulliver was an early victim of SMS (Small Man Syndrome). He was captured by the Lilliputians who […]
19th August 2022

The End Of 5-Year Land Supply?

The End Of 5-Year Land Supply? The poor old planning system is due for another shake-up. Who says? The next Prime Minister, that’s who. “I want to abolish the top-down, Whitehall-inspired Stalinist housing targets,” says Liz. A little unfair. Despite all its failings the Department, […]
12th August 2022

An Italian Driving Lesson

An Italian Driving Lesson In journalism, it’s called the Silly Season. Usually, all the politicians have gone away for their lengthy summer break and we all get a breather from their silliness. But not this year with Mrs Green (the Mayor of Birmingham’s wife) slugging it our with Mr […]
5th August 2022

A Secretary of State for C**Ts

A Secretary of State for C**Ts There is a Secretary of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Yet the population of these entities is small 5.5 million; 3 million and 2 million. That’s about 10 million people The population of the North of England […]
29th July 2022

Choosing the next PM Irish-style

Choosing the next PM Irish-style Imagine a FTSE 100 company that has the misfortune to lose its CEO suddenly, whether by an accident, a shareholder revolt or running off with his, her or their secretary. No problems. There is always someone in place to fill the shoes immediately. […]
22nd July 2022

How to put sex into planning

How to put sex into planning We all use stereotypes to pigeon-hole people. Scientists (like me) have white coats (I don’t) as do psychiatrists. Doctors have stethoscopes even if they seldom use them. Accountants have pin-striped suits. And what of planners? It has an image […]
15th July 2022

The Manchester-Leeds ARC. Why not?

The Manchester-Leeds ARC. Why not? Now that Govey has been given the jolly old heave-ho (as they say at Eton), what will Clarky do that’s different. Although it made for a cumbersome title, I really like the ‘Levelling Up’ moniker. A sort of socialism for […]