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Yvette Cooper On The Politics Show

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Yvette Cooper is on the Politics show on BBC1 now talking about housing. The usual vacuous comments e.g.

we want people to be able to walk along a street and not be able to tell the difference between what is social housing and what is private housing (i.e. why work when the state can give you the same quality of housing which someone else has to pay £300k for!)

we don't believe single blocks of flats should be built with only private housing in them (tell that to the developers and the potential buyers - do they really want to live next to a social housing tenant after paying all that money?)

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we want people to be able to walk along a street and not be able to tell the difference between what is social housing and what is private housing (i.e. why work when the state can give you the same quality of housing which someone else has to pay £300k for!)

Fact is the occupants make the property, not the other way round. I've seen low-rise LA blocks of flats go from being perfectly nice places to live to complete hell-holes within months because one bad family moved in. If they want people to not tell the difference between LA and private property they should start by engendering respect for people and property in the benefit underclass that exists.

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Frozen out - the problem is if you haven't worked for something or haven't paid for it yourself you are less likely to respect something because you don't appreciate the value of it.

Speaking from a London perspective there is too much emphasis on providing housing for the economically unproductive who are perfectly able to work but don't because the benefits/housing benefits system penalises people who want to work. As a result the only people living in central London now are the very rich, pensioners who bought their flats donkeys years ago for nothing and people who don't work. Key workers and everyone else who makes the city run are priced out and have to live out in the sticks and spend 1 hr+ commuting each day. Madness!

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