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The Housing Crisis Was Sadiq Khan's Secret Weapon

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Sadiq well knows the tune of the day.......lets see if he can/ able to fix it......talk is cheap, action speaks louder than words.....we await the positive results. ;)

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Sadiq well knows the tune of the day.......lets see if he can/ able to fix it......talk is cheap, action speaks louder than words.....we await the positive results. ;)

You're such a cynic, Winkie. Why can't you accept that he's a troooly nice guy who just wants t help hard working families?

Addendum. I wonder how he got all the wobbly stuff about him during the expenses scandal airbrushed from the net and wiki?

As well as Mr Clegg and Mr Gove, MPs who have claimed expenses to rent office space from their political party during this parliament include Lib Dem Danny Alexander, the shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan and his Labour colleague Stella Creasy.

Office expenses . . . claim 100,000 a year, it's a doddle. The lovely Stella, MP.

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Sadiq well knows the tune of the day.......lets see if he can/ able to fix it......talk is cheap, action speaks louder than words.....we await the positive results. ;)

Well if the HPC does arrive this year or next and housing in London becomes more affordable...

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Well if the HPC does arrive this year or next and housing in London becomes more affordable...

Cheaper sure, but more affordable ?

That still depends on what the politicians intend to inflict on us.

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Youd have to be a complete muppet, or the son of a billionaire financier, not to understand that housing, not terrorism is key topic.

What is so sad is that while the author of the article gets the point so may of the f*ckwits in the comments section clearly do not.

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What is so sad is that while the author of the article gets the point so may of the f*ckwits in the comments section clearly do not.

Some of the comments are incredible. I guess this campaign comes in part from from idiots who've been eating so much of their own sh*t their brains have gone.

I'd forgotten that Goldsmith was Jewish also, which makes his strategy mind-boggling if not in tin-foil hat territory when you add the whole anti-semitism row. I really get now why his sister felt compelled to speak out.

Would really like this whole miserable episode to recede as soon as possible and pressure and scrutiny on housing to be Khans biggest issues ASAP.

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I'd forgotten that Goldsmith was Jewish also, which makes his strategy mind-boggling if not in tin-foil hat territory when you add the whole anti-semitism row. I really get now why his sister felt compelled to speak out.

Is he also an apologist for Israel? If not, he's probably just faintly embarrassed by the "anti-semitism" fuss.

I expect the attacks on Khan were one of many things that worked in his favour as people expressed disgust with Goldsmith.

On the subject of London housing, anyone recollect what Boris and Ken promised on the subject when seeking election?

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Are you not sure the guy got in because the labour party is doing well in London because it is now full of mainly foreigners? The same ones who Labour let in through their open door immigration policy so they have voted for the party who made it happen? A bit rich that the same people are now complaining that they can't afford a house...

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I remember Boris waffling on about "affordable housing" and "housing for key government workers - nurses etc". I suppose ****** all changed.

SK was lucky that he had a very poor opponent. Still, let's see what he can do. Good luck to him and London.

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Are you not sure the guy got in because the labour party is doing well in London because it is now full of mainly foreigners? The same ones who Labour let in through their open door immigration policy so they have voted for the party who made it happen? A bit rich that the same people are now complaining that they can't afford a house...

London has always been a magnet for migrants from elsewhere. Decades ago it would have been Irish, Welsh and Northerners (and before them, Jews and Hugenots from the continent). Then in the 50s/60s people from the West Indies, followed by people from the Indian sub-continent. And so on, and so on. The New York of Europe etc.

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Are you not sure the guy got in because the labour party is doing well in London because it is now full of mainly foreigners? The same ones who Labour let in through their open door immigration policy so they have voted for the party who made it happen? A bit rich that the same people are now complaining that they can't afford a house...

This is what the comments on the Speccie site are saying. Sort by 'best'. I find it hard to disagree.

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The housing crisis was Sadiq Khan’s secret weapon

The housing (house price) crisis isn't exactly a secret is it. It might be that he kept his emphasis on the issue secret until the election knowing that the others would ignore it or take it for granted and consequently he would benefit from that indifference. The voters believed him - that and the changed demographics/constituents.

Hopefully he will deliver on his housing "promises".

Properly dealing with the housing crisis is any decent politician's weapon of mass destruction.

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Are you not sure the guy got in because the labour party is doing well in London because it is now full of mainly foreigners? The same ones who Labour let in through their open door immigration policy so they have voted for the party who made it happen? A bit rich that the same people are now complaining that they can't afford a house...

+1

Indeed however it's also true to say that Labour's policy wasn't exactly open and above board. They made it happen by stealth in that from the very start and soon after their election in 1997 they lied and lied and lied and lied again about the numbers involved (only admitting to a very very small fraction of the true numbers) and about what their actual policy was - those lies continued under the ConLib Coalition and very likely continue to this day. People never voted for that policy. It's only in hindsight that people can actually see the full extent of the treachery and lies.

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London has always been a magnet for migrants from elsewhere. Decades ago it would have been Irish, Welsh and Northerners (and before them, Jews and Hugenots from the continent). Then in the 50s/60s people from the West Indies, followed by people from the Indian sub-continent. And so on, and so on. The New York of Europe etc.

These things are not static though. London was a more or less English city until fairly recently, and Welsh and 'Northerner' migrants (I assume you include Scots?) are indigenous peoples who brought into 'old' British culture. Now it's the 'New York of Europe' and 'British' is getting to be little more than a label on a passport and a location on a map.

London could end up as the 'New Islamabad of Europe' after another 50 years (given the doubling rate of Muslims). Or some unstable cocktail like the last days of Yugoslavia...

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London has always been a magnet for migrants from elsewhere. Decades ago it would have been Irish, Welsh and Northerners (and before them, Jews and Hugenots from the continent). Then in the 50s/60s people from the West Indies, followed by people from the Indian sub-continent. And so on, and so on. The New York of Europe etc.

The level is far greater than before, anyone has lived in London knows that. (There is also a difference between internal migration and immigration).

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The level is far greater than before, anyone has lived in London knows that. (There is also a difference between internal migration and immigration).

To be honest, it is not the people or the type of people, or even where the people came from.....it is the high growing numbers of people, people being squeezed into the same area of space, over crowded transport systems and roads, over priced housing the size of a postage stamp, poor quality of air and noise, lots of miserable and stressed people about.....the rapid and noticeable falling quality of life of the people who know the place well and know what is was like 40 to 50 odd years ago....

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Is he also an apologist for Israel? If not, he's probably just faintly embarrassed by the "anti-semitism" fuss.

I expect the attacks on Khan were one of many things that worked in his favour as people expressed disgust with Goldsmith.

On the subject of London housing, anyone recollect what Boris and Ken promised on the subject when seeking election?

Three things I'd be extremely skeptical about are that Goldsmith is an Israel apologist, Khan is an extremist and the Labour party are anti-semitic. That Goldsmiths team were idiots has been done to death - under the circumstances it just raises it to a new level of recklessness.

Good question re: housing. The thing is the there is less room for excuses as time wears on. Boris might be accused of encouraging empty foreign investment flats in chasing housing numbers, but 'now' its universally recognised as a problem, for Khan to do the same, I'd argue its worse.

Boris Liked :)

1 Enabling more homes for social rent to be built by giving councils greater freedom to borrow.

2 Reducing the number of empty dwellings by imposing big council tax hikes on their owners.
3 Using compulsory purchase powers to lessen “land banking”.
4 Increasing government grants to housing associations.
5 Reforming developers’ use of “viability reports” designed to minimise the amount of affordable housing they supply.
6 Creating further New Towns outside the capital but within easy reach of it
Boris Hated :(
7 Limiting foreign ownership of residential property.
8 Tightening the regulation of rent rises and tenant contracts in the private rented sector.
9 Bringing in a “speculators tax” to curb short-term property profiteering.
10 Permitting building to take place on some parts of London’s green belt.
From:

Edit: OK before the Boris haters pounce re: the above first 7, to quote the article:

  1. Johnson is in favour of items 1, 2, 3 and 4, reckons he intervenes constructively over item 5 and has backed extending Crossrail to the Eurostar terminal in Ebsfleet, Kent, where the government wants a new Garden City built in line with item 6. He only baulks at items 7 to 10.
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Are you not sure the guy got in because the labour party is doing well in London because it is now full of mainly foreigners? The same ones who Labour let in through their open door immigration policy so they have voted for the party who made it happen? A bit rich that the same people are now complaining that they can't afford a house...

Sure - all London british born whites can be relied on to be racist thickos so it must have been the furreners that voted him in.

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They no longer want working middle class living in London it seems......only the rich or the poor, the poor being the slaves to the rich. ;)

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+1

Indeed however it's also true to say that Labour's policy wasn't exactly open and above board. They made it happen by stealth in that from the very start and soon after their election in 1997 they lied and lied and lied and lied again about the numbers involved (only admitting to a very very small fraction of the true numbers) and about what their actual policy was - those lies continued under the ConLib Coalition and very likely continue to this day. People never voted for that policy. It's only in hindsight that people can actually see the full extent of the treachery and lies.

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White population share.

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If its about housing costs, non-whites sure seem more bothered about costs than whites, eerily so!

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London has attracted everyone from across the globe for many centuries, but most people forget the migration was in most periods more incremental and in relatively smaller waves, not the ridiculous almost unsustainable tsunami all through the 2000s and 2010s - even as not very long ago as the 1980s and early 1990s, London seemed comparatively homogenous (almost like other "international" cities like present day Tokyo and Seoul - a large minority of foreigners bit still heavily representing their nations).

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These things are not static though. London was a more or less English city until fairly recently, and Welsh and 'Northerner' migrants (I assume you include Scots?) are indigenous peoples who brought into 'old' British culture. Now it's the 'New York of Europe' and 'British' is getting to be little more than a label on a passport and a location on a map.

London could end up as the 'New Islamabad of Europe' after another 50 years (given the doubling rate of Muslims). Or some unstable cocktail like the last days of Yugoslavia...

Here is the Irony - No muslim who's lived in a most Muslim country (not all, notable exceptions include Iran and Syria), would consent to recreating London in any Muslim capital. This is what most muslim's experience in Muslim countries:

1. War, poverty, and corruption created by Muslim leaders.

2. Racism, hostility and outright rejection to refugees.

3. Medieval laws used to stifle, basic freedom.

What we find in UK in general and London in particular has been the inverse....so why would any sane Muslim want to change London? I cannot speak for the younger generation (1st generation Brits), but as a former refugee.....f*** NO! I liked London under Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron!

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