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How Nimbyism saved me from Margaret Thatcher

It all seems so long ago now.  At the time of the general election that swept Margaret Thatcher to power I was a first year undergraduate reading Town and Country Planning – although of course, as the joke ran at the time, I actually spent most of my time reading the New Musical Express.

Fired by enthusiasm from studying Peter Hall’s 1975 primer “Urban and Regional Planning” (Pelican,   £2.00 in those days – now in a rather pricier 5th edition), which I had chosen for a school Geography prize and was the only book on Town Planning I had opened before settling on the course, I saw in Planning my chance to become a key player in the enduring post-war political settlement.

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