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Comment from editor Lem Bingley and other senior journalists at Property Week.

  • Liz Truss Downing Street speech shutterstock_2198583263 Fred Duval PW230922

    What a week it has been


    During the economic crisis of 1964, prime minister Harold Wilson memorably remarked that a week is a long time in politics. In the economic crisis of 2022, we could perhaps update the saying – a weekend is plenty long enough to machine-gun yourself in the foot.

  • Houses of Parliament

    The winter’s tale


    As I write, the government’s emergency “fiscal event” to get the nation through the winter has not yet been formally announced, but the details have been leaking out via the newspapers as readily as heat seeps out of an EPC ‘G’-rated property.

  • Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    An example to us all


    A frequent observation of the past week has been that the Queen’s death came as a shock. Despite her advanced age and obvious frailty when appointing Liz Truss as PM, none of us expected a gentle handshake in Balmoral to be her last official act.

  • Greg Clark

    Clark versus Clarke


    It will take a while for the dust to settle, now that we have a new prime minister in Liz Truss, a new chancellor in Kwasi Kwarteng and a new levelling-up and housing secretary in Simon Clarke.

  • Whitehall

    Thumb-twiddling time


    While Rome burned, Emperor Nero fiddled, or so the legend goes. We are seeing the modern equivalent from our government, it seems.

  • Renewable energy shed

    Time to act on energy


    Business body the CBI is the latest organisation to sound a warning about the impact of the energy crisis. On Wednesday, it published the results of a survey of its members, indicating that almost a third of firms expected energy costs to rise by more than 30% over the next ...

  • Handshake

    Co-branded for life: resi schemes with a logo’s glow


    A decade ago, when Range Rover launched its Evoque model, it grabbed headlines by roping in Victoria Beckham to endorse its new car with a special launch edition. The co-branding exercise stumbled somewhat when the former Spice Girl told assembled reporters: “I’ve designed a car,” apparently laying claim to the ...

  • London olympics scenic FreeGreatPictures

    Gold rush for regeneration


    The 10th anniversary of the 2012 Olympic Games is not simply a chance to recall past sporting glory, but a reminder to look back and learn from a remarkable regeneration project

  • Climate change

    Rising heat, rising risks


    Climate change has arrived. These are not my words, and they were not triggered by this week’s stifling heatwave. They were the opening sentence of a report handed to ministers in June a year ago.

  • 10 Downing Street

    Regeneration remains taxing


    The election of our next prime minister has so far proven to be a peculiar, introspective affair. A wide spectrum of national concerns and priorities has apparently been cast aside in favour of a ferocious mud-slinging match over a single topic: tax.

  • Boris Johnson

    What magic might save the PM?


    A prime central London residence, perfect for hosting parties and recently redecorated at great expense, will soon be available for a new occupier. I’m talking, of course, about the prime minister’s flat in Downing Street.

  • Planning

    Will planning ever improve?


    This edition of Property Week provides a snapshot of different views on the planning system – or more accurately thoughts on the different ways it seems to be broken.


    RICS must divide or be conquered


    Lord Michael Bichard’s review of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), published this week, sets out a clear path forward for the beleaguered professional body – a way out of the mire it has floundered in for the past 18 months, and the long-term governance blunders that created the ...

  • Grenfell Tower

    Grenfell: five years on and counting


    Five years ago this week, fire took hold of Grenfell Tower and spread with a speed and ferocity that surprised everyone. Since that awful night, the response has plodded on at a pace that will have surprised almost no one.

  • Levelling up

    Levelling up’s bumpy road

    2022-06-09T23:00:00+01:00By Jane King

    Last weekend’s Jubilee pageant celebrations showcased what makes the UK a great success story. Look behind the pomp, though, and there lies another story.

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