Perhaps at last we will see the political parties put population on the agenda. We should be aiming for a reduction in the UK population to somewhere around 12 million - the sort of number that we could support indefinitely from our own resources.
A serious programme, based on persuasion not coercion, could set an example for other developed countries and give us the moral authority, and the experience, to help the developing world to address their population problems. In many ways it is more urgent that we trim our numbers because of the profligacy with which we consume the world's resources.
We have a stark choice: control our numbers, or condemn future generations to misery.
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