Time to take on suburbanite environmental thought police

Time to take on suburbanite environmental thought police

Top political prize of the week must go to the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland. It has managed to find a policy decision which has brought the DUP and Sinn Fe¤ in together in solidarity and unified opposition.

The policy in question is the department’s new policy on rural housing development across the North - or perhaps, more precisely, the new policy to have no rural housing development.

This weekend brought to a conclusion a six-week ‘‘consultation period’’ following a ministerial edict that, in future, one-off housing in the six counties will only be allowed in the most exceptional circumstances.

Environment minister Jeff Rooker, another New Labour ladder-climber doing his stint in...

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