Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Know Your Enemy

"The desperate lack of social housing and prohibitive prices of homes for private sale and rental have been caused by the sell-off of social housing and the transfer of power to private developers, whose agenda will only ever be profit.

Yet the government seems to be trying to redress this by extending rather than countering that approach - investing in schemes that result in net losses in social housing and subsidise developers building expensive properties.

Trying to solve a problem with the same actions that caused it is either plain stupid, or evidence of a lack of desire to solve it at all."

Academics Mel Nowicki and Ella Harris writing for the Guardian on how claims of a "public housing renaissance in London" are baseless, reliant on stretching terms like "affordable housing" to the point of meaninglessness. As they imply, it's hard not to conclude that (as in other areas) the Tories are selfishly pursuing their own ideological agenda at the expense of the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

(Thanks to Paul for the link.)

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