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Key weeks for property industry
As a student of politics in the 1980s, I was fascinated by the machinations, the pomp and ceremony and the wonderful history that our parliamentary democracy held.
However, having been in business for the last 25 years it has, while still remaining exciting, become somewhat of an irritant.
Decisions are delayed, promises will be made and broken and the upshot of four weeks of frenetic to-ing and fro-ing may well leave us in the clutches of a hung parliament or worse still, a government formed by the minority of the voters but with majority of seats, highlighting once again how unfair our electoral system is.
I have been a fan of proportional representation for many years and have yet to hear one convincing argument that would sway me to believe otherwise.
The relationship between politics and property is embedded within our system and as such, where I may regard it as an irritant, the next few weeks will be massively important for all sectors of the property industry.
I hope the politicians are forced to come out on to the streets and hear what the ordinary voters are interested in.
What we must not be is apathetic because this is our chance, once every five years, to make a difference. I will be studying in detail which party is best going to support businesses, property and manufacturing, because therein lies the true seeds of our ability to put this recession behind us once and for all.