This support on the long-running VAT absurdity is hugely welcome.
As for the heritage brigade (full declaration: I am a paid-up member), I rather thought the V&A was about heritage, being full of old stuff. Yet it has acquired a slice of Robin Hood Gardens for history. And I'm pretty sure Paul Finch will find the heritage brigade has supported the rescue and retention of buildings like Preston Bus Garage or Park Hill. In fact, he could even check out the 20th Century Society. Or isn't that allowed to be a member of the brigade?
Agree with Alice on grounds of sustainability, but on grounds of density the key is in the term 'affordable'. Social is what's needed, to house the tenants who already have council tenancies, not to pitchfork them into uncertainty and poverty. The New Economics Foundation has just produced research saying only 2.6% of homes built on public land (i.e. like Grafton Road) will be for social rent. Johnson & co. need to realise that it's not only the north that needs levelling up. Great swathes of London and the south east do too. Maybe Kentish Town should have returned a Tory MP.
I recall a little difficulty between Thornfield developers who were proposing to demolish and redevelop the unlisted part of Smithfield market a few years ago, and SAVE who were determined it should be - well, obviously, Saved. Thornfield and their architects/engineers/ advisers denied the significance of disused tunnels near Farringdon station which predated the market. Had they been destabilised (which they would have), it would have had disastrous results. That was only resolved by Judicial Review and public inquiry. Happily now the Museum of London should be moving into the Smithfield buildings, assuming the new government doesn't decide to deflect all cultural spending (if any) to their new friends in the north, while the functioning meat market faces new problems. (If that ruffles any feathers, I'm wholly in support of increased cultural spending in the north, in fact it would be a better use of much HS2 money. I just don't trust Johnson, Javid and the rest to do the decent thing anywhere.)
As for Euston, by all means reinstate the Euston Arch, but the cost of the HS2 operation around there, and the loss of housing, social and otherwise, is ludicrous when compared with making the terminus at Old Oak Common.
Suggested New Year's resolution for the AJ: a button to 'like' comments (and maybe a 'disagree' one too). I should like to be able to agree with people like Sophie Marks without having to add anything more.
I agree totally with David Edwards (and Recentlyqualified) and think Terry Pinto's suggestion is excellent. Is Tom Bennett the only XR architect? Perhaps there needs to be a crowdfunding platform for just such purpose, to be publicised by the AJ, as I trust this won't be the last of XR, and we can be sure government will find some other way of prosecuting them.