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Great Article In The Standard

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Definately worth a read. Not sure i agree with the solutions but he analyses the problem well.

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/bubble-trouble-danny-dorlings-new-book-on-the-problem-with-londons-property-market-9135697.html

The intro:

So how many properties do you own? When a reporter from the Times asked David Cameron in 2009, our future Prime Minister found it weirdly difficult to answer. There was the one in North Kensington, plus his constituency home in Oxfordshire… Didn’t his wife Samantha also have property in Cornwall, and maybe in Shropshire somewhere? He seemed unclear.

Then he began to worry how his ignorance might come across. His parting shot? “Do not make me sound like a prat for not knowing how many houses I’ve got.”

Danny Dorling uses the exchange as the epigraph to a sub-chapter in his new book, All That Is Solid — the most lucid and urgent account of the UK’s housing crisis you’ll read this year. It deserves a place at the top of Cameron’s reading list. In fact, one would like to hand-deliver it to every minister. It is very hard to read it and retain any confidence in the Government’s housing policies. “Sometimes it is tempting to suggest that policymakers should simply look at what the current Prime Minister is suggesting and do the opposite,” Dorling notes.

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