Digging Up Our Green and Pleasant Land: Being Political Wing of Building Industry May Cost Tories Dearly

The Conservatives had been defying conventional logic, winning by-elections while in government — a rare achievement — but now they have been soundly defeated in a safe seat by a minor party, analysis suggests, on the small matter of the countryside being swallowed whole by development. Will the Tories’ big-money donors in the construction industry come to haunt them?


U.S. Home Prices Rise at Fastest Pace in 15 Years

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering the entire U.S., reported an 11.2 percent annual gain in January, up from 10.4 percent in the previous month. That is the fastest pace for home prices since 2006, the peak of the housing bubble.

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