"Last week, both ministers (Alistair Darling and Hazel Blears) advocated ripping up Britain's green belt to solve the housing crisis. Such a retrograde step would constitute a foolish betrayal of Britain's landscape as well as Labour's values.
To think the solution to the housing problem lies simply with gutting the green belt is the politics of defeat. Sacrificing our natural and urban heritage might butter up the Home Builders Federation, but it will not make Britain a better place to live."
Read more of Tristram Hunt's excellent article in defence of the Green Belt here.