Is beauty the answer to the housing crisis?

At CapX, some suggestions for the next Tory mayoral candidate: Policy Exchange’s own polling showed people in Outer London are open to more housing, and since some 22 per cent of Greater London is Green Belt, that means a lot of homes. The next Tory mayoral candidate is under no pressure or expectation to win, so the party may as well go all-out for bold ideas, proposing a number of different housing developments on the outskirts of London, based… Read on

Is James Brokenshire the man to fix the housing crisis?

At the i “Housing” was only added to the department title in January this year, reflecting how acute the problem has got. In March the Prime Minister described the housing system as “broken”, a belated recognition by the Tories that spiralling costs are not only causing homelessness, stifling economic growth, and even preventing people from having families, but also destroying the party’s support among the under-40s. Since 1997 house prices have increased 259 per cent while earnings have gone… Read on

The Case for Conservative Urbanism

After four and a half years writing for Coffee House I am off. Thanks to all those who have read and commented, both positively and critically (I do take some of it in). The old blogposts can all be found here and my last piece is here. It’s about traffic flow in suburban London so will no doubt go viral.   Our road was closed last July so that pipes could be installed underground, a mundane bureaucratic procedure… Read on

How much is immigration to blame for the housing crisis?

At the Spectator I’m never going to be able to own my home, that’s why I’ll vote Labour; also the Tories are horrible to immigrants and they don’t think animals are alive or something, my friend Molly shared it on Facebook. That’s basically the crux of the argument I’m hearing, obviously a childish, reductio one, and I sense the frustration. I’ve argued before that house-building is an existential issue for the Tories and that we need to allow people… Read on

Conservatism has no future unless it tackles housing

At the i. While Margaret Thatcher secured 42 per cent of the youth vote in 1979, Britain’s second female prime minister got less than half that, and to the vast majority of under-40s the party is essentially repulsive,  regarded as the Nasty Party, to use Theresa May’s famous Ratnerism. A number of factors might explain this, among them the expansion of university education, declining religious belief, the dominance of the Left in education and media, or the way small-c… Read on

To attract my fellow kids, the Tories need more houses, not memes

At Spectator blogs The Tory party has a new youth wing to try to win over the kids with ‘memes’ – I believe they’re called – similar to the way that Momentum has built a sort of cult around Jeremy Corbyn. This is in response to the dismal recent Conservative youth vote, which bodes ill for the party. As someone from the liberal Tory think-tank Bright Blue rather optimistically put it, ‘we’ll only be fine when a… Read on