Government Housing Plans Threaten Greenfield Sites

This government is solving Britain’s homes crisis

29 May 2014 14:39

An Englishman’s home is his castle. And today, record numbers of people are living that adage thanks to Help to…

UKBA's £13M in adverse legal fees

We need better migration data for an effective immigration policy

16 May 2014 11:56

Britain has a long and proud history of opening its doors to the vulnerable and oppressed; of welcoming workers, students…

The New Term Begins For Students At Oxford University

How local government is threatening Oxford University’s competitiveness

25 March 2014 10:30

The press love a bit of Oxbridge competition, but Oxford is embroiled in a far older and more ruthless rivalry:…

Train ticket prices are just one area that the government needs to address.

The Budget must address the cost of living – especially for the young

17 March 2014 11:40

Transport It is ruinous travelling by train these days. Have you tried it? My advice: don’t. Aside from re-nationalising the…

Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

What I want in the Budget: penalties for those who miss NHS appointments

16 March 2014 14:25

Every year the Budget comes and goes, amid a flurry of live blogging and urgent blog posts at The Spectator.…

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Gove, Cameron and the myth of ‘state vs private’ schools

10 March 2014 12:51

Will David Cameron send his kids to a state secondary school, as Michael Gove is doing? Today’s papers are following…

Houses in Milton Keynes, which Ed Miliband today cited as an example of a successful new town.

Where would Ed Miliband’s first New Town go?

17 February 2014 18:33

Ed Miliband has been singing the praises of New Towns in tonight’s Standard, saying a Labour government would use these…

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George Osborne: Housing crisis will still be here in 10 years’ time

4 February 2014 18:19

George Osborne’s evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee was dispiriting for a number of reasons. The first…

Former Miners Leader Arthur Scargill In Barbican Flat Court Battle

When Arthur Scargill tried to buy his council flat, he bought Thatcherism

15 January 2014 20:55

There’s a case for saying that the Thatcher government’s sale of council houses was the biggest redistribution of wealth this…

Why build in the countryside when you can build in dead urban space or in some of London's commons?

One solution to the housing shortage – build on Hampstead Heath

15 January 2014 11:03

If I was going to measure possible reasons to desert the Tories at the next election, and I can think…


Labour are planning to fail future generations on housing – and they know it

19 December 2013 17:30

Ed Milliband appears to have woken up this week – too late – to a housing crisis. He echoes his…

Miliband plan to boost housing

The Labour split on planning and housebuilding

16 December 2013 16:27

Ed Miliband’s housebuilding announcement today is rather a re-heated announcement of his conference pledges on housing. Eric Pickles has already…

Help To Buy Scheme Launched To Help First Time Buyers

Eric Pickles: Labour’s approach to housing shows how out of touch they are

16 December 2013 16:03

Under the last Labour Government, house building fell to its lowest peacetime level since the 1920s. Labour’s top-down Regional Strategies…

There is not enough housing and insufficient properties are being built. Social landlords have had to adapt.

Housing associations have had to change in order to fulfil their social responsibilities

22 November 2013 14:30

Regardless of your views on social housing, you’d have to admit there are far more obvious, and natural, targets for…

Involvement in schemes like Build to Rent have damaged the reputations of social landlords. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

Social landlords have prostituted themselves over ‘Build to Rent’

21 November 2013 11:03

Last weekend a group of young professionals, forced by a spiralling housing market to rent rooms in shared houses at…


Coffee Shots: Osborne’s stairway to heaven?

20 November 2013 15:00

From this week’s Spectator, our cartoon editor Michael Heath offers his take on George Osborne’s Help to Buy scheme. Subscribe…

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How ‘Help to Buy’ helps the Tories

10 November 2013 16:55

Few images are more seared in the Tory consciousness than that of Margaret Thatcher handing over the keys to people…


Why Mike Penning can afford to be so aggressive about the benefit cap

23 October 2013 14:45

What a combative interviewee Mike Penning made on the Today programme. The new work and pensions minister clearly felt that…


Boris’s immigration issue

21 October 2013 16:17

When you discuss Boris Johnson’s leadership prospects with Tory MPs, one subject nearly always comes up: immigration. The Mayor is…

What did Londoners gain from the sale of this property in Cromwell Terrace for £80 million earlier in the year?

What have Londoners gained from the London housing bubble?

14 October 2013 13:40

Now that the middle class squeeze has become my sujet du bore at the fancy north London dinner parties I…

Margaret Thatcher

Jack Dromey: Labour let Thatcher become the champion of aspiration

24 September 2013 20:46

When Margaret Thatcher passed away and the broadcasters, newspapers, and casual drinkers in pubs picked over what her legacy really…

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Labour’s claim of being the party of council housing is in tatters

23 September 2013 17:47

As part of the Labour conference focus on the cost of living, the party will be going to great efforts…

An Alternative View Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable says Tory Cabinet colleagues are worried about housing bubble

16 September 2013 19:26

‘People think that I’m quite blunt,’ joked Vince Cable to Steve Richards at a fringe event this evening. The Business…

That was the middle class that was. Illustration: Christian Adams.

For the middle classes, things can only get worse

23 August 2013 13:15

In this week’s magazine Fraser Nelson and I look at the breaking of the English middle class, a subject so…

Stamp Duty is affecting ordinary house sales in the Midlands and the North, not just the plusher regions of London and the South East.

Stamp Duty is stomping all over Middle England

6 August 2013 13:40

65 per cent of the people buying a home in London in 2012-13 paid the 3 per cent rate of…