Class war by any other name….
We all know the Liberal Democrats don’t belive in class, absent as they are from social reality, and we know the Conservatives do; to the point of protecting their own with a vigorous passion. Liberal Democrats can therefore willingly and naively suspend their disbelief when the Conservatives do horrible things to the poor because as far as they are concerned they barely exist and if they do they do so as a collection of hard-luck stories which yes, deserve sympathy, but hardly go as far to necessitate radical structural change to society. Several agendas need the left to start taking back significant territory and this none more so true than the nebulous concept of ‘choice’ and ’empowerment through choice’. I, for example, am perfectly free to choose to buy a BMW but my bank balance tells a different story and it tells a fundamental truth; choice governed by the market is not a choice at all; it’s an illusion.
With this in mind we move onto David Cameron’s proposal’s for social housing. In order to duck and weave around the real issue; the affordability of homes and house prices we have this dogs breakfast of a proposal to let people ‘swap’ their social houses. In reality, the proposal to time-limit tenancies to social houses. In other words, the people in social homes who get on and who do start to make headway are to be rewarded by being potentially thrown out onto the streets. Needy people have a time-bomb placed over their heads from the start and they are actually de-motivated to get work and contribute because if they do the security in their house is threatened. Having built something for themselves; they will be forced onto the housing market and be thrown back into turbulent waters of home and job insecurity.
The simple solution to the problems of social housing which would generate jobs, enliven our economy and provide housing where it is needed; to simply get building again isn’t even considered. Maragret Thatcher was canny; she realised that to win her war she had to divide and conquer. David Cameron is stupid because rather than divide and rule he is going to unite everybody except the super-rich together in common misery. Of course, they will probably be cast back from whence they came. You see, it all sounds very nice doesn’t it? Benefits for the needy and choice for the rest of us but the reality is that it is class war….just under another name.
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