London’s population is about to reach a record high of over 8.615 million. Resident number 8.615.001 will compete with us for an appointment at our local surgery, a place in a good school, a seat on the Tube and a property on an already pressured market. With a growth rate of around 100,000 new Londoners per year, the media and policy makers alike are right to point out the pressure on the NHS, schools, the housing market and the transport system. Pointing out these issues is justified, a debate is needed. After all, it affects all of us in one way or another.