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Want to make the UK a tech superpower? Build more houses

In the last decade, Britain’s tech scene has come on leaps and bounds. Judged by the amount of venture capital investment, we’re head and shoulders above our European counterparts.

So when the government announced (and subsequently re-announced ad nauseam) its desire to make the UK “the next Silicon Valley” or a “science and tech superpower”, it did so knowing that we started from an already strong position.

No doubt that tech lobbyists will be chewing various ministers’ ears asking for an array of newfangled schemes, funding pots and the like to nudge us towards attaining Bay Area status.

Yet as important and helpful as some of these could be at the margin, we need to expand our tech policy horizons….