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The government is ignoring popular, easy fixes to the housing crisis The only way to fix the housing crisis is to make house building popular with local people

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Horrified passengers suddenly realize their boat has a leak. They frantically start to paddle it with their hands towards a distant shore. The engine and sail sit ignored and unused. Meanwhile, someone at the stern refuses to raise the anchor. Theresa May’s announcement of new housing policies today has something of that feel. No-one can […]

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Our sluggish planning system is to blame for high house prices The five-year stockpile of building land is caused by planning regulations

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We’re told that there are near half a million planning permissions out there as yet unbuilt. Enough to keep the house-building industry going for five years – thus it it argued that it cannot be the planning permission system which causes our housing problems. This is not, sadly, how reality works. For it can – and often […]

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Fixing the broken housing market? Our political insider Adrian Pepper gives his view on recent developments in Westminster and the property markets

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You wouldn’t think it from listening to the BBC, watching Sky News or ITN nor from reading the Daily Express. But as negotiations on Brexit continue, the UK and EU may find they can strike a grown up and wide-ranging deal after all. It could be rather an anticlimax for all those politicians and commentators […]

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France’s election and global financial risks

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The French election is a game changer for global financial markets for multiple reasons. One: the worst case scenario of far right (Le Pen) and far left (Melenchon) as second round candidates for the Elysee Palace on May 7th is no longer a systemic risk. This was the reason the Chicago Volatility Index (VIX) plunged […]

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