Page 2, 20th April 1945

20th April 1945
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Page 2, 20th April 1945 — TOWN OR COUNTRY SIR,-With reference to your very houghtful editorial

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TOWN OR COUNTRY SIR,-With reference to your very houghtful editorial

on houses in Ttte. CATHOLIC HERALD (March 29), are you not, perhaps, thinking too much in terms of existing circumstances when you speak of the relative advantages (and otherwise) of country and town life? We know that for Catholics the country, as it is now, is full of difficulties, especially Of a spiritual nature. On the other hand. the present town plan of living either in closely packed streets of houses or family above family in flats is only perpetuating the over-population with all its evils which we cry out so loudly about. Has not the time come to think very seriously about a redistribution of the land of the whole country, for the good of the whole community? I do not mean nationalisation of the land, but as far as it is in any way possible, ownership to cover all reasonable needs (reasonable needs, not htruries) and thus eliminate all excessive private ownership of land which is to-day such a blot on our social make-up. This would solve many, if not most, of the difficulties of living in the country. It would open it up, and do away with the sharp distinction between it and the town. Is it worth thinking and planning about?


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