Tonight’s Panorama was a disgrace.
It took as given that the population will rise to 70 million by 2030 when previous ONS projections have been wildly wrong. In 1965, they predicted a population of 75 million in 2000. It turned out to be 59 million, 16 million lower.
It portrayed extra people solely as a problem, which is misanthropic nonsense. Each of us contributes to society in all sorts of ways.
It showed overcrowded trains, without mentioning that the real problem is lack of investment. Paris is more densely populated than London yet its excellent Metro is less crowded than our Tube system.
It showed smaller houses, neglecting to mention that the biggest source of additional housing demand is small households – mainly single people buying their own place – and that the biggest reason for sky-high house prices is planning restrictions.
Britain is not full up: three-quarters of it is agricultural land.
Contrary to the belief that it is about to be concreted over, building 3 million new homes at current planning densities would take up only 0.3% of the UK’s land area – and much less if houses were built on brownfield sites.
What a completely one-sided, misleading programme in the midst of an election campaign from the supposedly impartial BBC. It should be ashamed of itself.