After two years of much hype, consultation, committees and task teams, MPs voted on Tuesday on a parliamentary committee report that proposed that the law be amended to enable the government to expropriate land without compensation.

Initially billed as a historic process, the whole exercise has turned out to be a costly waste of time. This is hardly surprising given the origins of the process. It is worth recalling how the country ended up with this debacle...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now