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Number crunch

Just how hypocritical New Labour is over development in the countryside was illustrated in an Observer news story at the weekend in which 'Two Jags' announced his plans to build two million homes in the next decade. Perhaps he thinks they will be required to provide communities who can swell the coffers of out-of-town retailers. The numbers being quoted get sillier and appear designed to give seizures to the folk at the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), whose Neil Sinden is working overtime on the threat to vast swathes of countryside.

The CPRE has opposed new country houses, never having seemed to grasp the point that it is only the promotion of the individual in the countryside that can act as a philosophical bulwark against the vileness which is on its way. Perhaps they can understand it now.

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