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our first witness is Shiv Malik

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Shiv Malik is a journalist who writes on political issues affecting young people in particular

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Shiv Malik co-wrote the book Jilted Generation: How Britain Bankrupted its Youth

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the shortage of building land is wrecking the lives of our younger generation

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we've really suffered in this country from a lack of imagination

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also we've looked upon sort of the next generation as people who can basically be serfs, live in a lack of housing stock and basically pay rent to the point where they can't really enjoy their lives, where they can't even raise families

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all of this sort of centers on us not building for the last thirty to forty years

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the result is this, which is a generation worse off than their parents

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it is the principal of the green belt or the way the policy's been applied that Shiv Malik'd say he objects to

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it really comes down to the policy

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we're not just talking about homes, we're talking about the infrastructure of the cities that we need to as a country both expand and absorb our growing population

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if you don't do any of that, then yes, you have a problem with the policy, which is that the green belt is there to restrict already existing cities

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the policy itself can be useful in saying "look, we don't want urban sprawl"

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at the same time if you don't do anything else, then you're stuffing the next generation

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of course nature has value

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if you actually go and do a tour of the green belt, you'll find that most of it's sort of almost regarded as brownfield site in many regards

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it doesn't actually do much

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it's in and around cities that already have existing infrastructure

Supports: 271327

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the green belt does\does not have to do something or be staggeringly beautiful like the lake district to actually be preserved

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this is about balancing what we want in life

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we want people to have, to enjoy their lives, and therefore not spending their working lives paying for their mortgage or paying for rent

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then people can go out and enjoy their lives

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actually the economy as a whole grows properly

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people are able to raise children and have children

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if we look outside of the window here in Faversham, we can see all of this was once woodland if you want

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we've as human beings worked with nature

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in some senses we've got that horribly wrong

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now we know more than ever about what we can do that's right, environmentally speaking

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we should put that into practice

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we should build

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with 25 million empty bedrooms in the U.K. and lots of brownfield sites available, Shiv Malik is so fixated on the green belt by X

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there are other options that we should explore first

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the green belt is the easiest thing to do

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we should not take that one just because it's easiest

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in the midst of a crisis - which is where we are at the moment - then the green belt might be the way out

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Shiv Malik would say that nature just doesn't really have any value to him

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nature has value

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X is this green belt that we're talking about

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that's not great that the green belt doesn't actually do much, and that it's in and around cities that already have existing infrastructure

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at the same time, we're not talking about building over the lake district here

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the green belt does not have to do anything or be staggeringly beautiful like the lake district to actually be preserved

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let us imagine weighing that against a field that we say "well look, we've siphoned this out, and forevermore no one should ever build on it"

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Shiv Malik is not suggesting that we simply build over the green belt

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actually the green belt turns out to be a lot of brownfield site, too

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we're subsidising most of this, too, through farming subsidies and the like

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it's Shiv Malik's fault

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as it was mentioned before, the green belt sounds nice

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as it was mentionned before, it is green

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young people are having a dreadful time

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a lot of the green belt is just sort of useless grass