What about the impact on domestic violence, with everyone stuck in their own homes? And on those with serious but non-life threatening health problems?
The election delivered Conservative MPs located precisely in the industrial areas that are vulnerable to the government’s own policy of divergence.
Driving public investment in housing towards the South East is surely not sustainable for a Government committed to rebalancing the economy.
This imbalance is driven by the core science budget: the Research Councils (which fund projects) and Quality Related “QR” funding, which universities allocate.
Its success in innovative industries is based on an R&D-intensive, novel-product-based, export-oriented business model. One that the UK should adopt.
Don’t expect Downing Street to bother too much about what MPs or the media think as it prepares to shake up government.
The Tories are targeting Labour-held seats and the Liberal Democrats Tory-held ones, whilst Labour’s possible gains are probably out of reach.
Bowman and Westlake’s policy ideas are perfectly compatible with this end, but pitching them as a city and town agenda risks creating a false impression.