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Britain must cut its population by half if it is to survive according to a chief advisor of Gordon Brown.

JONATHON PORRITT, one of Gordon Brown’s leading green advisers, is to warn that Britain must drastically reduce its population if it is to build a sustainable society.

Porritt’s call will come at this week’s annual conference of the Optimum Population Trust (OPT), of which he is patron.

The trust will release research suggesting UK population must be cut to 30m if the country wants to feed itself sustainably.

Apparently the Brits must not only return to the Victorian era with respect to population, but to an even earlier period as regards economic theory (I thought Malthus had been entirely discredited, but everything old is new again):

Many experts believe that, since Europeans and Americans have such a lopsided impact on the environment, the world would benefit more from reducing their populations than by making cuts in developing countries.

This is part of the thinking behind the OPT’s call for Britain to cut population to 30m — roughly what it was in late Victorian times.

Mr. Porritt has a wife and two daughters. Tim Blair asks: who survives?