Another day, another London Mayoral infographic.
This is from Knight Frank, the large firm of estate agents (whose public affairs chief is a former Times journalist), so this “matrix”, like yesterday’s from Generation Rent, has property and housing as a focus, but this does consider the candidates’ policies on other briefs, including Crossrail, Europe and Heathrow extension.
Is there much difference?
Take the house-building targets of the Tories (expressing the aspiration of finally getting to 50,000 new homes by the end of the Mayoral term in 2020; something which eluded Boris Johnson over eight years), Labour (50,000 per year), Greens (200,000 in four years, which Year 7 maths suggests equals… 50,000 a year; but 200,000 just sounds more down with the grassroots) and LibDems (which averages out at 40,000 per year over four years) – there’s little to choose between any of them.
Indeed, laid out in this way, there’s extraordinary similarities between the leading two candidates, though Old Etonian Zac Goldsmith notably has no affordable housing targets – because when you’ve inherited squillions from daddy and married a Guinness heiress, everything is affordable…
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