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Tony Blair – builder of the housing crisis

The chart below shows clearly how Tony Blair’s administration oversaw house prices racing away from earnings. He didn’t recognise the need for council housing, and did not restart the building programme stopped by Margaret Thatcher. How dare he criticise the … Continue reading

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One good thing about the Tory manifesto

The one good thing that I have discovered from the Tory manifesto is an increased empathy with the writers of the psalms.  They clearly had their own Tory party in power.  Psalm 10 reads: “Why, Lord, do you stand far … Continue reading

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Why we need more council houses

The chart below shows the income distribution in the UK (latest figures available from government statistics) and the corresponding amount that you can borrow if you have a 10% deposit (using the Halifax building society mortgage calculator). Two thirds of … Continue reading

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A tale of housing exploitation, but with a hopeful ending.

Here is a tale of the exploitation, told from the point of view of a young single girl trying to find a home…. but it has a hopeful ending.    

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How to really make Britain great again.

the whole question of where Britain ranks in the world economy has absolutely NOTHING to do with whether Britain is great. What matters is whether Britain is becoming more human. Continue reading

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Worried about where your children are going to live?

Worried about where your children are going to live?  You should be. The average house price in the UK is around £300,000, with average first time buyer house price at around £200,000. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/16/average-asking-price-first-time-buyer-home-buy-to-let-stamp-duty If a prospective first time buyer has … Continue reading

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How each of us can help the poorest find somewhere to live

Here’s an article I wrote, just published in Church Times: https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2016/29-april/comment/opinion/use-what-power-you-have-to-help-the-poor

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