Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Population! Population! Population!

Letter to the Observer


Andrew Rawnsley’s article (“Thatcher’s dream becomes a nightmare for a jilted generation”, Comment, last week) highlights an issue which I am sure that he did not intend to address. His assertion that: ‘The goal of a property-owning democracy will wither and die if Britain doesn’t start building many more homes’ initially and simply begs the answer to the most obvious of questions: Location? Location? Location?

In view of this the most important and difficult matter which this government and its opposition must address – in order to make housing more affordable, as well as for a catalogue of other positive reasons – is not whether to abolish the capital gains tax exemption and/or use the tax system to force down prices but, especially as it is a question of supply and demand, how to implement a tax incentive to confront the most pressing problem of: Population! Population! Population!

Yours faithfully

Ashley Gunstock


  1. Just sayin' is all7 June 2011 at 22:24

    might help if your leader didn't have three children?


  2. ... or life expectancy hadn't risen so much?

  3. Ashley Gunstock10 June 2011 at 11:26

    The basic premise of my argument is that we need a policy to address the issue of population, which it appears that no governing body has the guts to do. In my opinion it would help matters if we encouraged people to have families consisting of children born of no more two pregnancies.