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The super rich push out the rich push out the middle class push out the poor. Welcome to London the Global City.

Attending Hustings meetings in and around the area where I live – central and inner west London – is a depressing business. The fact that the meetings I have attended are in marginal seats tells me that the population there … Continue reading

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The hypocrisy of Mr Clegg

Ed Miliband exploded housing onto the Election agenda today with his speech about Labour’s proposals for the private rented sector.(previously discusssed on Red Brick for example here and here). It provoked some ridiculous responses, some stupid responses, and some downright … Continue reading

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Extreme value properties: tax them or sell them off?

I attended a Hustings event in a Catholic church in North West London. For me, the most remarkable point of a quite entertaining evening was when the priest rose to ask a question. What would it be? Poverty? Food banks? … Continue reading

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Tories merge with Poundland

The Tory Manifesto was plainly written by Poundland, using the old Tesco mantra ‘pile it high and sell it cheap’. The Tories have nothing to say to tenants – literally. Their housing policy for one tenure only – home ownership … Continue reading

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Labour Manifesto: For housing, it’s a couple of steps in the right direction

No housing surprises were expected in the Labour Party Manifesto, launched this morning by Ed Miliband. And no surprises was what we got. All of the housing policies have been previously announced and widely trailed. There is a strong reliance … Continue reading

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The overwhelming case for new public housing

The Fabians have published a timely and strong new report written by John Healey and John Perry making ‘the overwhelming case for new public housing’. It is timely because it appears as the Election enters the short campaign and the … Continue reading

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Massive swing to the SHOUT Party in 24 Housing ‘Power Player’ Poll

Each year 24 Housing invites more than 400 leading figures in the housing world to nominate five people who they think have had the biggest impact on housing during the last year. This year’s ‘Power Player‘ survey is published today. … Continue reading

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City Villages – the wrong solution to London’s housing crisis

Last week on Red Brick we discussed a series of essays edited by Lord Andrew Adonis for the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) proposing the transformation through redevelopment of existing council estates into ‘City Villages’. Duncan Bowie has written … Continue reading

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Cameron fails the empathy test

David Cameron was totally thrown in the TV interview with Jeremy Paxman by the first question about people using food banks. He failed the empathy test, showed no interest in the people affected and resorted immediately to his learned statistics … Continue reading

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City Villages or ghettoes for the rich?

I have a bright idea. London has a terrible housing crisis. There is a general shortage of homes of all kinds and a specific shortage of genuinely affordable housing. So let’s sell off the only genuinely affordable homes we already … Continue reading

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