When we met Newham’s Labour mayor, Sir Robin Wales, he told us: “if you can’t afford to live in Newham, you can’t afford to live in Newham” .Sensible chap.
Housing, like these other things, is a basic human right, not a privilege.The privilege bit comes when you’re deciding where that housing is. If you have a Newham budget, it’s not your ‘uman right to demand to live in Belgravia.
And if you don’t even have a Newham budget – if the taxpayer is paying – you’ll have to go where it’s cheapest.
This is why we are demanding social housing, not social cleansing. In addition, rent caps to limit out-of-control rents, mansion taxes and higher stamp duty for the wealthiest would be simple reforms that have a dramatic impact on housing.In other words ‘Gimmie what they have, I want it!’.
Simply taking action to restrict the privileges of the 1% could result in a relatively fairer housing situation in London.Nope, I think we’ll restrict the options of the slapper classes to pop out kid after kid & demand that the taxpayer pick up the tab instead, if it’s all the same to you…
In fact, even if it isn’t.