I like Jason’s suggestion of paying off everyone’s mortgage. Of course, it could never happen. It’s strictly for the birds this one, about as likely as helicopters dropping cash on us, or the government nationalising the banks.

So whilst we are on the subject of dreaming up new ways out of the recession, here is one I came across a couple of weeks ago that made me smile. Suspend any requirement for planning permission for the next year. Any developments started within that time would be granted retrospective permission on completion.

Now that would get the building trade back to work overnight. It really would.

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