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Great diary, Helen.  Space will run out eventually if the population keeps expanding and we don't have vast empty areas in the UK to set up new towns in.  The practice of building new housing on flood plains and high risk areas has been responsible for the chaos that ensues every time we have really bad weather in any part of the UK and I can't understand why this isn't being stopped.  

It does feel like the short term keeps over-riding the long term and in many ways it is understandable when Governments are only in place for a few years and need quick wins to keep them there.  Taking tax payers money to invest in long term infrastructure that doesn't give anything back to taxpayers now, doesn't make for popularity.  How can we encourage the public to accept a necessary increase in tax to pay for long term security (ie infrastructure, safety from flooding etc)for the country? How can we trust the Government to invest that money effectively?

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed Oct 31st, 2007 at 08:02:07 AM EST

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