“Alok Sharma [is the new housing minister] … Sharma is the 15th housing minister since 1997 and the seventh since 2010, suggesting that most have only a limited time to develop expertise. Sharma, 49, an accountant by profession, comes to it as a housing novice. I’m sure the industry will be keen to colour in what looks like a blank sheet of paper“.
David Smith, Sunday Times Home, Opinion page 6(paywall)
Owl says: really no need to worry, Mr Smith – developers (aided by enthusiastic local authorities) have been in charge of housing foy YEARS and have no intention to relinquish control to a mere housing minister – who doesn’t even have a seat in the Cabinet.