Malcolm Sharp, president of the Planning Officers’ Society, spoke after ministers pledged another attempt to rewrite planning laws only months after major changes were announced.
He told The Daily Telegraph that ministers had misjudged the problems of the property industry, saying that developers’ lack of finances and the weak state of the economy were the real obstacles to building, not red tape. The Chancellor promised new changes in planning rules this week, saying economic recovery depends on stimulating development.
It\’s the same damn argument we hear all the time. We shouldn\’t bother to deal with union Pilgrims because the problem is the lack of aggregate demand. We shouldn\’t worry about bonuses in hte civil service because the problem is the lack of aggregate demand.
In fact, we shouldn\’t worry about anything because the problem is the lack of aggregate demand.
And it is true that there is a problem with aggregate demand. However, we also have some 400,000 civil servants in central government, 600 odd MPs, 100 odd Ministers, and they should be capable of handling more than one problem at a time. If not then the system is too dumb to chew gum and fart at the same time: which would lead to our having a rather more minarchist government than the one we have.