A tweet from Julian Dobson:
National Housing Federation wants public land released, but we should challenge private landbanking too - use it or lose it.
I read this. And then read it a second time. And then thought...what on earth, this man - a usually wise and thoughtful man - is talking about the confiscation of private property.
At the moment I live in a country where, if I choose to, I can buy a piece of development land and do absolutely nothing with it at all. This might be stupid. It is certainly a waste of money. But in Julian's world, I shouldn't be allowed to do this, it should be taken from me and given to someone else. Doubtless to some suitably cuddly, mutual, co-op sort of organisation filled with the righteously self-important.
...sometimes I just want to cry. Whatever happened to liberty?