Saturday 15 April 2023

The Home Stretch?

Since the last century, I have been using the available platforms to call for a statutory requirement of planning permission for change of use if it were proposed to turn a primary dwelling into a secondary dwelling, a working family home into a weekend or holiday home. If Michael Gove is catching up, then I claim no credit. I am just very, very glad. The last Labour Government, the model for any future one, was completely unresponsive, and I would not be surprised to see a Labour whip to vote against this.

But when I tell you that there is going to be a hung Parliament, then you can take that to the bank. I spent the 2005 Parliament saying that it was psephologically impossible for the Heir to Blair’s Conservative Party to win an overall majority. I predicted a hung Parliament on the day that the 2017 General Election was called, and I stuck to that, entirely alone, all the way up to the publication of the exit poll eight long weeks later. And on the day that Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, I predicted that a General Election between him and Keir Starmer would result in a hung Parliament.

To strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty, we need to hold the balance of power. Owing nothing to either main party, we must be open to the better offer. There does, however, need to be a better offer. Not a lesser evil, which in any case the Labour Party is not.


  1. Housing policy is the only glimmer of hope in this government.

    1. And even that is not much of one. Still, better than the other side, which offers no hope whatever.