Saturday, September 26
Brickies (and Soldiers)
Almost casually yet inexorably, you realise the nearby town is growing. Surrounding fields are cleared and internal gaps filled. Thanks to government support, low interest rates and burgeoning demand, house builders – as the price of new builds testify – are coining it. Two-bed starter homes, the sort of thing my parents’ generation paid four-hundred pounds for – that in the 70s cost ten grand or so, are priced at well over two-hundred thousand. I appreciate everything is relative, but even so… Welcoming more waifs and strays from across the Mediterranean isn’t going to help. Chances are it will be bricklayers (and soldiers) we need in the future, not more mini-cab drivers.