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Corbyn's First Pmqs

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Yes, Corbyn is the sort of leftwing politician we've been crying out for in this country.

As a Tory I get a proper kicking sometimes for professing to the benefits of socialism (especially off the back of New Labour's term, which was far from socialist).

But I'm old enough to remember that a "proper" leftwing government will almost certainly build hundreds of thousands of state homes a year.

If Corbyn got in I think we'd push toward getting 500K homes a year built. Astonishing but entirely doable.

Having met the chap (years ago) my experience was of a thoroughly likeable gent who had time for everyone (even when he disagreed with their views). They might have trouble branding him an extremist from this point on.

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Quite, it's amazing how times change. Many of his so-called extremist views were once regarded as fairly mainstream around half a century ago (you know when boomers were starting out and apparently having a brilliant time with cheap housing, plentiful jobs etc).

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If Corbyn got in I think we'd push toward getting 500K homes a year built. Astonishing but entirely doable.

..why does he have to get in to do it....Churchill built hundred of thousands per annum in the '50s after the war....it should be 'doable' ....now ..for current residents and ex - armed services at top of list.... :rolleyes:

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Wilson built even more in the 1960's. The decline in UK housebuilding started in the 1980's snd has been compounded by the selling off of council housing stock and privatisation of the rented sector. Corbyn's policies are for a return to the housebuilding programme of the pre 1980's. He has to get in to do it because the status quo is more of the last 35 years.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/olympic-britain/housing-and-home-life/build-it-up-sell-it-off/

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Wilson built even more in the 1960's. The decline in UK housebuilding started in the 1980's snd has been compounded by the selling off of council housing stock and privatisation of the rented sector. Corbyn's policies are for a return to the housebuilding programme of the pre 1980's. He has to get in to do it because the status quo is more of the last 35

There was literally a shortage of housing in the UK up to the 70s sometime. Despite the figures for homebuilding people like to bandy around, there has been plenty for everyone everyone ever since.

I'm not against alternative forms of housing supply, but council housing in UK does seem to have a fairly mixed reputation.

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Which he'll fill by opening the borders to everyone.

Immigration has been rising under the Tories.

Now at a record 330K a year.

So if the choices are no housing and higher immigration under Cameron, and lots of housing and high immigration under Corbyn I'll take the second I think.

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..why does he have to get in to do it....Churchill built hundred of thousands per annum in the '50s after the war....it should be 'doable' ....now ..for current residents and ex - armed services at top of list.... :rolleyes:

Churchill only built from 1951 after adopting Attlee's house building policy.

I just think a return to lots of state house building and several generations suddenly realising how beneficial this is to both the country and themselves would change the dynamic in a similar way.

If Corbyn got in and began building and folk lapped it up any subsequent Tories would have to promise the same (which is what happened between 1945-1970s).

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I'm not against alternative forms of housing supply, but council housing in UK does seem to have a fairly mixed reputation.

As does the enormous Housing Benefit bill, which has replaced it.

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