Owen Jones in the ‘Guardian’ critiques the current housing situation and makes some interesting points but spoils it by falling for the ‘we must build more houses’ mantra!
Neoliberalism is a con, a fraud, and Britain’s housing crisis vividly illustrates why. The populist promise of neoliberalism has always been about extending choice for the individual. In a properly functioning society – which sadly we do not have – young Britons would be able to choose between a comfortable council house on a secure tenancy, a privately rented home with an affordable rent and security, and home ownership. All of these options have been trashed.
That’s why radical measures are desperately needed. The lowest level of peacetime housebuilding since the 1920s must come to an end: it’s time to build, build, build.
The problem is not the number of houses being built but who buys them and for what purpose. After all if someone is renting in the private sector it is not an issue of a house not being available but the type of tenure and cost of renting.