THE SELLING OFF OF OUR COUNCIL HOMES
WHERE DID OUR SOCIALIST LABOUR PARTY GO? THE PARTY FOR THE WORKING CLASS.
Joan Maynard traditional Labour MP and trade unionist, was reputed to have said: “If both front benches are agreed, it’s probably bad news for the workers. And if a minister ever gets up and says ‘We’re going to have to take some tough choices and some tough decisions,’ it’s a disaster for the working class.”
Well, folks it not only looks like both the Tories and Labour agree, yet again, but this time we are in for a disaster. Labour’s Lisa Nandy, Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, and Housing, gave us another one of Labour’s flips and unsurprisingly endorsed the controversial ‘Right to Buy’ scheme.
This scheme, originally championed by Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, has left many puzzled, considering the current housing shortage gripping the nation. Nandy even went as far as claiming that the policy was initially embraced by the Labour Party, raising eyebrows and inviting just a little scepticism.
When confronted about the party’s previous commitment to suspend the Right to Buy scheme due to the dwindling availability of social housing, Nandy offered a seemingly reassuring response, suggesting: “We support the Right to Buy, but what we don’t support is the loss of much-needed council housing and social housing from this country.”
However, given the history of Labour’s empty promises, it’s no wonder that doubts quickly surfaced.
The dismal state of Britain’s housing is a national disgrace that cries out for a radical solution. Only a massive public investment in building new homes, comparable to the visionary project of Attlee’s post-war government, can address the chronic shortage, the soaring prices and the social decay that plague this country.
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