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Crumbs from the tables of the rich

The Guardian’s Dave Hill is an astute commentator on the London scene, and chaired the London Labour Housing Group’s mayoral housing hustings with aplomb. Recently he has  written a couple of challenging (indeed provocative) pieces about Labour politicians and London … Continue reading

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So housing associations are the ‘true villains’ of the property crisis, are they?

There is much that Red Brick would criticise about housing associations – their acceptance of higher (‘affordable’) rents and low grant rates would come top of the list. But the sweeping attack they have been subjected to this week is … Continue reading

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The debasement of political language, or why Tony Blair 2015 would attack Tony Blair 1997 for being too left wing

I hadn’t planned to use Red Brick – a housing blog – to push my views on the Labour leadership contest, but I’ve been riled, like so many other people. Meanwhile, the Tories are up to a lot of no … Continue reading

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The medium is the message*

Labour is being given the runaround by the Tories and their friends in the media again, and too many people in the Party are complicit. The scale of the election defeat is described in hyperbolic terms but without any real … Continue reading

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Tenant activists show they are the real ‘Big Society’

It was my pleasure this week to attend the TPAS awards event at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire. It was my job to introduce a new award, the Richard Crossley award for excellence in community action. Regular readers, and many others … Continue reading

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The Tory message on social housing: it’s for ‘losers’

Social housing is ‘subsidised’ to the tune of £13 billion annually said George Osborne in his Budget. So ‘it’s time to act’ on the higher earners who use these taxpayer-funded subsidies. In the Guardian, Zoe Williams says that his message … Continue reading

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Osborne unveils the National Living Nightmare

Comedian Mark Steel (@mrmarksteel) tweeted earlier: I’d prefer today if Andy Murray decided the budget, Alastair Cook was playing at Wimbledon, and George Osborne was facing Mitchell Johnson. Well, a fast bouncer at Osborne feels better for Britain than the … Continue reading

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London LHG Housing Hustings: Tackling the Big Issues

A packed audience at the University of Westminster last night heard a passionate and knowledgeable debate about housing in the capital between all six potential Labour mayoral candidates. Gareth Thomas addresses the packed Housing Hustings Diane Abbott talks to the … Continue reading

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London mayor: the housing policies of Christian Wolmar

This is the last in a series of six articles on the housing policies of the Labour mayoral candidates. There are many overlaps between them but also some important differences. In the run up to the selection vote, #redbrickblog will … Continue reading

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London mayor: the housing policies of Gareth Thomas MP

This is the fifth in the series of articles about the housing policies of Labour’s mayoral candidates. Gareth Thomas on housing Gareth Thomas MP, who retained his Harrow West seat at the 2015 Election despite the outer north London swing … Continue reading

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