ON SATURDAY, George Osborne, the chancellor, enjoyed a bit of a coup. The latest installment of Star Wars will be filmed in Britain, it turns out. "I think it is a real vote of confidence in Britain's creative industries", said Mr Osborne. One which "brings with it not just jobs for actors and directors and so on, but for all the other people who have put together an enormous movie."
Quite. So what must he think to hear, just four days later, that South Buckinghamshire district council has seen fit to reject—for the second time—an application by Pinewood Studios, where the James Bond franchise is filmed, to expand.