Do more houses equal more votes or less votes? | Sidmouth Independent News
The question being whether the government has indeed 'lost the countryside' over its push to build more housing:
David Cameron has lost the countryside » The Spectator
Conservative support has dropped by a fifth in rural areas, poll claims - Telegraph
The Spectator's front page: David Cameron has lost the countryside - Countryside Alliance
We must build on countryside so young can own homes, says Cameron | Mail Online
How the countryside could lose David Cameron the 2015 general election - Telegraph
Don't block new rural homes, David Cameron tells Tories - Telegraph
David Cameron and Cabinet ministers face protests over unwanted developments in backyards - Telegraph
Whilst some would still rate Conservative votes as guaranteed in the shires
From Plebgate to farm gate: the Tories are still the party of the countryside - The Backbencher
and in East Devon too
Futures Forum: "Over-representing parties through the voting system"
Futures Forum: "Over-representing parties through the voting system" ...some figures
nevertheless, concerns have been expressed for at least a year and a half
I'm prepared to risk unpopularity over developing the countryside, says David Cameron - Telegraph
and the Telegraph's campaign has been running for some time:
Hands Off Our Land - Telegraph
Futures Forum: Telegraph campaign: Hands off Our Land
Now with today's autumn statement, the Financial Times suggests:
"Housing supply is poised to become a battleground before the next general election"
December 5, 2013 6:15 pm
Autumn Statement 2013: Cash boost aims to speed housebuilding
Autumn Statement 2013: Cash boost aims to speed housebuilding - FT.com
Such state aid for 'big housebuilders' through infrastructure projects is not what was anticipated by this comment from yesterday's New Statesman:
"Get behind those young people wanting to get on the housing ladder. Reduce stamp duty significantly for less expensive properties. And demand local authorities guarantee enough land for the self-building of houses, and encourage it within their area, or else lose their veto over new developments."
Osborne must be bold to show the Tories are not "the party of the rich"
And yet, one way or another, a Conservative-led government is proposing state-intervention on a grand scale, as observed in a comment in last week's FT:
November 28, 2013 5:21 pm
Conservatives and the cult of home-ownership
Conservatives and the cult of home-ownership - FT.com
See also: Futures Forum: Innovative solutions to the lack of affordable housing... self-build alternatives...
Futures Forum: "Changes announced today refocus the Funding for Lending scheme where it is most needed – to underpin the supply of credit to small businesses – without providing further broad support to household lending that is no longer needed.”