Can the great British housing debate be resolved by a big push on what new houses look like - and if their appearance could be improved, might we see more of them built?
That's the contention of the newly appointed planning minister Nick Boles in his interview with our programme. He debated it on Wednesday's Newsnight along with a panel of experts - architects, residents and house builders - with, clearly, different points of view.
In essence, the Lib Dems have spent their first day of conference sweating over an acronym - the fate of the next CSR, or comprehensive spending review. Which has come to be now a comprehensive cutting review.
It decides what public spending will be in the future, and this pending one will divvy up resources from April 2015 onwards.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has had one of his toughest weeks in government. His hopes of achieving lasting constitutional change are now hanging by a thread - though perhaps the thread is spider's web strong; many proselytisers for Lords reform have persuaded me in recent days there may be some grounds for consensus after all.
But on Saturday, he will have to deal with something that might have even more of an impact on his party's chances at the next election, the £10.5bn question: welfare cuts.
A close ally of the prime minister is calling for the winding up of universal benefits to better off pensioners at the next election as he urges a shift to only policies which he believes will raise the productivity and competitiveness of the UK's workforce.
Conservative MP Nick Boles is also urging a significant further scaling back of tax credits and housing benefit, and a re-examination of the "lazy sentimentalism" of the Sure Start programme of children's centres.
Welcome to my page, here you'll be able to find all my Newsnight reports, blogs and tweets. I'll be reporting from Westminster and across Britain on politics and policy - and how it will affect you.
One of the big themes I'm hoping to explore is how does the UK adapt to a flatter world in which power - both economic and political - is shifting eastwards. The parties have very different answers to this question and it is fast becoming the key battleground in British politics.
Allegra has worked in Westminster for a decade. She arrived via an unusual route, studying archaeology and anthropology which took her to banana plantations in east Africa, a monastery high in the Alps and the permafrost of Siberia. She started writing about these projects, and was soon hooked on reporting.
She went on to work for the Times newspaper's war desk in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the BBC - including two years as a producer on Newsnight - and then the Guardian newspaper where she was political correspondent and a columnist.
In 2005 Allegra travelled to the Middle East to report on what was then an underreported phenomenon - how the fact that two-thirds of the population were under the age of 25 was changing politics in the region. She might say she had predicted the Arab Spring, except she didn't. Her resulting book, Muhajababes, was a best-seller in the Middle East.
Allegra's job means she has to turn her hand to any story, but her particular interests are these: how skilled is the UK, how will people make a livelihood now and in years to come and so find a place in the world.
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