But if Miliband needs a golden policy key, housebuilding looks set to be it. Build a million homes to cut housing benefit waste, employ hundreds of thousands, create apprenticeships, breathe life into the real economy, stop house price bubbles, replace those right-to-buy social homes. Building is not just good policy, but the best symbol for optimism.
Why not just issue more planning permissions so that people can organise building their own homes? Or so that companies can?
If you\’re going to build a million new homes then you\’re going to need to issue a million new chittys. But if there\’s a million new chittys issued then people will build homes anyway.