The Labour proposal to build new eco-towns is laughable. What's the point if the rest of the country is full of energy guzzling housing, antiquated or external fuel sources (and I include nuclear in that description), inefficient public transport, overcrowded road networks, plastic bags and standby buttons? Talk about shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted! In a market where house prices are inflated to the point the next generation in this country have little hope of owning a home, let alone worrying whether the rooftiles are sustainable is a bit like offering cake instead of bread. Not to mention the fact that these towns are going on brownfield sites (like old hospitals and foot and mouth cattle pits...nice, you wouldn't want your kids digging any of that lot up in their sandpit would you?).
And who will live in these towns, will they be green too? Will there be a strict code of conduct? Lights out at nine pm, no plastic toys, biodegradable bicycles only, no imported lettuce?
E-day passed by without so much as a flicker of good-intent on the national grid-o-meter - there is still tonnes and tonnes that could be done in educating and changing lifestyles rather than embarking on a programme of vanity-building in places no one wants to live.