Level the playing field
25/02/2011 3:25 pm
If the policies of Shapps are correct then what about the following ideas:
Add a 10% annual property tax to all mortgages as a means of deriving funds for new build affordable housing for sale.
Increase individual mortgage payments by RPI+0.5%+2 each year until such time as it becomes unsustainable.
Charge property owners a premium of £15 per week for every room they own but do not require through family size.
Introduce legislation that requires any person resident at the same address for a period of two-years to move house or face property seizure.
If the government's measures are reasonable on the grounds that housing is a scarce resource, then wouldn't it be fair to extend the actions to all housing?
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25/02/2011 4:11 pm
What a lovely set of thoughts for the weekend. However, there is a snag in that this government only sees "fair" as something which benefits their followers whilst disbebefitting the vulnerable,
25/02/2011 4:41 pm
PSR - fine do all this. but dont forget to include new kitchens and bathrooms for everyone, free repairs for every minor defect within the home. the right to compensation when a repair isnt done to the standard i expect, or the workman was late, or because they had to attend to a life threatening repair elsewhere couldnt turn up to unblock my sink as i poured oil down it as i cant be arsed to use the bin and allow me to move to a property valued at £4m in mayfair but continue to pay my modest mortgage in the outer suburbs that i do now as i dont want to cummute anymore and should be allowed to move closer to my work.
rather than lower yourself, as your arguments are normally of a high standard, why not insist that the playing field is levelled "up" rather than "down"
25/02/2011 5:46 pm
Affordable housing will not be for the benefit of the most needy, but of those who can afford it. On top of this, existing and future social tenants, needy or otherwise, are asked to pay for affordable housing, while private owners are left untouched.
As those who will be buying affordable housing will be private owners, surely it should be the private owners the ones who should pay for affordable housing and not social tenants.
It's a logic so perverse that the social sould pay for the private that could only come out from the conservatives. This is not big society being created but a jugely polarised one, whatever the conservatives propaganda.
26/02/2011 10:16 am
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26/02/2011 11:10 am
'Everyone has a choice'
An interesting statement - but is it true. The media tell us such. The government implore us to extend our choice. But what choice is there really?
When a number of people came together to purchase a small plot of land upon which to live an alternative lifestyle, Mr Hesletine used his Ministerial powers to stop them, giving rise to the summer of the Convoy and ending in the battle of beanfield, where these people were beaten and had their property destroyed by the State. What about the mirage called choice?
The reality of our society is conform or suffer. There is not true choice, simply the 'right' to choose from the options permitted. This is not a question of legal or illegal choice, it is simply retaining one's 'place' and only choosing within that cast.
Even those who have purchased choice through home ownership - do they really have choice. Could they choose to live where they prefered, in the property they wished, at the price they could pay without it limiting their 'fre-time' options. And if the government opted to bring in any of the sarcastic proposals that started this discussion, would people have any choice to stop them?
When there was not mass unemployment people had more choice about the sort of work they did, where they did it, what they earned. When their was collective strength the State could not limit choice to the same degree. When people did not have to worry that if they dared not conform that they would become homeless then control of the people was harder.
Year by year choice has been ever restricted - given away by a people distracted by the latest glitzy consumer trend and lulled by the ironically named reality entertainment. The wonderful thing about the human spirit though is that it will not be repressed. There feels as if there is almost a tangible electricity, a frision in the air that suggest even in this most conservative of nations that the spirit is awakening. Now, why do some find that a fearful notion?
26/02/2011 12:15 pm
If everyone had had a choice, social housing would not be needed.
social housing was born aand is there because people do not have choices or much choice.
If everyone had a choice, they would not need nhs and nhs hospitals, they would choose to be born healthy and live healthy, but unfortuantely, some people are born with diseases, some acquire diseases, and some (lucky ones) are healthy.
27/02/2011 1:32 pm
Nonnie 25/02/2011; 4:41pm. I think that you missed the point of the discussion - but never mind, others seem to have got it.
As ever Rick is on the button.
27/02/2011 7:56 pm
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28/02/2011 2:06 pm
Nonnie - good; and I do not wish to see the reciprocal measures introduced for tenants either.