Collected writings from the past fifteen or so years, including many published by Centre for London and OnLondon.

(Apologies for slightly glitchy formatting in some of the older posts, which went awry when I imported from Blogger. You’ll get the gist.)

Bringing beauty back

Sometimes it seems like the government is determined to turn people like me against its planning reforms. While it is still unclear how the new system will operate in London, planning reform should help with housing delivery. … Continue reading “Bringing beauty back”

Level 21

There is an argument to be made for regional levelling-up, even in the pages of On London. Poverty and ill-health may be spread throughout the country, but the productivity gap between London and other UK regions and … Continue reading “Level 21”

Some speculation…

In March 2020, UK office workers embarked on an unplanned and unprecedented experiment in home working. During 2020, home working rates were three times higher than before the pandemic; and four times higher for people employed in … Continue reading “Some speculation…”


After the enforced hibernation of winter, we took a week’s holiday, in the hills and beaches, hotels, pubs and restaurants of north-east England. Continuing covid regulations, staff shortages and cultural nervousness have conspired to create some very … Continue reading “Unnovation”


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