Friday, 23 November 2012

If there's a housing shortage ....

If there's a housing shortage, why aren't people sleeping on the streets? Currently in the UK, everyone has a bed somewhere. Admittedly, many live in overcrowded homes whilst others rattle around in under-occupied houses. In some parts of the country whole streets and terraces of perfectly decent Victorian cottages stand empty, cottages that folk in Kentish Town or Muswell Hill would pay half a mill for. If they were in Kentish Town or Muswell Hill.

And that's the nub. The 20,000 west Africans who have arrived in my London borough over the past fifteen years don't want to live in Middlesbrough either. They'll take a decent new-build Housing Association flat, thank-you, on the corner where a local pub used to stand. Which has forced Darren and his girlfriend into a private buy-to-let that they can only afford to rent on Housing Benefit. He did train as a bus driver, but needed to work a regular 48 hour week to make £500 before tax. He'd rather leave that to the immigrants and over-50s.

And now the government has decided that if Darren and his girlfriend are going to do nothing all day except smoke spliffies and watch daytime TV they might as well do it in Margate rather than Brockley, at a considerable saving to the taxpayer. 

Polly, of course, makes the most tremendous whine that Darren's mum will no longer be able to pop around from the 3-bed Council flat she's had for three decades. That the moves will split up extended families, take people out of their own areas, break links and bonds of community and family. All true, sadly. But then Polly probably doesn't follow the stats published on Migration Watch; ONS figures that show that 20% of social housing in London is occupied by foreign nationals.

Of course, we could instead move all those foreign nationals to Margate, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough and free up 350,000 homes in London overnight for all the Darrens - but I have a feeling this isn't exactly what Polly's after.

12 comments:

Restoring Britain said...

You're spot on with the "That's not what Polly had in mind" observation.

It's the same with all of these and a wonderful expose of critical theory. Their aim - just criticise. No mention of what happens when two or more of their favoured policies are played out to their ultimate extension and end up opposing each other.

Span Ows said...

Good post. This sort of thing needs wider broadcasting but with the BBC and weaker-by-the-day MSM it seems an uphill struggle. Remember the housing benefit cut/cap? Everyone was up in arms with Polly and Labour twits shrieking hysterically and most though they had a point...until it was published just how much many had been receiving and the benefit was to be cut to 400 or 500 quid a week! THEN the support for the lefty shillers changed.

Anonymous said...

Of course, we could instead move all those foreign nationals to Margate, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough and free up 350,000 homes in London

I seem to remember that this is the way it used to work in the late 50s and throughout the 60s only the towns were different then; it was Bradford, Bury, Leeds, Rochdale etc etc. The we were overwhelmed by so many migrants that the capital had to take its share.

Anyway, spot on piece!

Coney Island

Bill Quango MP said...

Discussed a similar thing a few weeks ago.
None of my relatives lives in the same county as any other. That's the private sector. Move where the work is.

Since moving from the family home I have never lived in the same street, same town, same county as any other family member. And nor has anyone that I know. Many live hundreds of miles from their parents. Its the way of the working world and I don't know why its such a shock to the Toynbee set.

William Gruff said...

Rather than moving all those foreign nationals to other places in England that don't want them, why not simply move all back to their countries of origin?

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:

Seconded, William Gruff!

John M said...

Dear Mr Raedwald,
Bournemouth has quite enough foreign nationals already thank you, and not nearly enough jobs, and thanks to wealthy Londoners buying second homes down here, not nearly enough affordable housing either.

Anonymous said...

Maybe leave foreign nationals alone but move all the poor people to a country where they will feel comparatively rich

Anonymous said...

Maybe leave foreign nationals alone but move all the poor people to a country where they will feel comparatively rich

Anon 2 said...

Anon .... I don't think that will work: the euSSR (via Frankfurt etc.) has demolished the global economy.

Anyway, the poorest and most disadvantaged people in Briton are the indigenes. We should begin by asserting the right to our ancient homeland.

Anon 2 said...

Britain ... sorry.

simplywondered said...

excellent! i thought people like this had died out. carry on with the amusing 1950's humour.