Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • “Laying the Foundations” - for more Deceit?

    Posted on November 30, 2011 by Professor Benfield

    For those that can be bothered to read it, the Government has just published:-

    Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England

    I’m sure that anyone and everyone involved in the housing building sector will (covertly or not) regard this with a huge degree of scepticism.

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  • What future for forestry in Wales?

    Posted on November 24, 2011 by Professor Benfield

    (A Wales Forest Business Partnership announcement)

    Under a ‘provision of ecosystem services’ remit,  the Welsh Government (WG) is proposing to bring together the functions of Environment Agency Wales (EAW) with Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) into a new Single Environment Body (SEB). Continue Reading


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  • Construction Act Changes

    Posted on November 21, 2011 by Professor Benfield

    Verbal contracts now referred to in Adjudication

    (An Alway Associates Advisory)

    One of the features of the amendments to the Construction Act contained within Part 8 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 is that section 107 of the old Act has been repealed. Continue Reading


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  • One can only laugh (or cry?)

    Posted on November 19, 2011 by Professor Benfield

    Another challenging set of predictions from Keith Hudson

    There are several powerful currents which are now conjoining and carrying all of us along helplessly in advanced countries into a brand-new era. How powerful they are and will become relative to one another we can't possibly say. We can only juggle them around in our heads individually and try to imagine what the new era might be like in vague outline. Continue Reading


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  • Where are the Rich London Merchants?

    Posted on November 10, 2011 by Professor Benfield

    Very occasionally I reprint an article that may be of real wider interest.  This historical summary of Britain avoiding disaster in the 1600's, by Keith Hudson (my headlines), is a 'must read' for everyone concered with the present financial crisis.

    Michael Benfield
    10-11-2011

    Staring Financial Ruin in the Face

    The likelihood is that the economies of Western Europe and America, now facing disaster, will be ultimately saved in a similar way to how the English economy was saved in 1694. Well . . . to be correct, it wasn't so much that England's economy was saved in 1694, but England's very existence as an independent nation. Continue Reading


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  • Global Warming Scepticism

    Posted on November 7, 2011 by Professor Benfield

    Good Science

    In pursuit of ‘good science’, this posting reprints the views of an eminent scientist, Professor Fred Singer, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal of 4 November. Fred Singer is Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and Director of the Science & Environmental Policy Project, with specialties in atmospheric and space physics. Continue Reading


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