Thursday, January 22, 2015
Journalist forgets to take his medication
"Sometimes, the best ideas are the oldest, or at least turbo-charged versions of Eighties policies. The Tories should pledge to launch a great council house giveaway Ã¢Â€Â“ not a mere sale Ã¢Â€Â“ if they are elected. Anyone who lives in social housing, including those owned by local associations, and who has been in work for the past year should be gifted their council home ... Admittedly, in some ways the policy would be grotesquely unfair. Most people have had to work terribly hard for their homes; yet millions would suddenly be given one for free. It would not directly help the growing number of poor, private renters on housing benefit Ã¢Â€Â“ but then Help to Buy was equally Ã¢Â€ÂœunfairÃ¢Â€Â, yet was a huge success. The advantages of a housing giveaway far outweigh the downsides."