The Telegraph reported the other day on a variant of NIMBYism which may have gained strength from the recession:
Protesters daubed "No More 2nd Homes", "Greed" and "Go Away" on buildings in a picturesque village where many of the properties are empty for large parts of the year.
It comes amid growing concern in some parts of the countryside that wealthy city workers are pricing locals out of the housing market and turning communities into "ghost villages" by buying up homes that they visit rarely.
Gosh, who'd have thought it? One resident commented:
"People were angry when we lost a craft shop and a cafe because we knew it would be turned into houses. And we knew they were not going to be affordable houses for young local people."
At last, the gentle English are getting fed up with vulgar greed, and they can be a tenacious and persistent lot when they get momentum. Should be fun.
I can't help thinking that the politicians who have been ignoring the arguments for so long must carry some of the blame if things turn nasty - and not just those who somehow are allowed to benefit from dubious development deals.
Another Paper has some pics.
Previously: Second homes.