The Politics of Housing

The Politics of Housing is necessarily societal, in other words you can’t divorce housing from politics.

When canvassing for the Brexit vote in 2019 and accepting becoming our Prime Minister in July 2019, Boris Johnson promised that his government would be a government inclusive for all in society, having won the popular vote on that basis.

It is clear from the Prime Minister’s closing speech at the Conservative Party Conference on the 6th October 2021 that the main political parties in Britain vehemently disagree with one another to the point of being hateful of each other. How depressingly sad! Many people consider it is politically unwise to reciprocate hate and derision to those already engaging in it, in order to score pints or to denigrate the chosen opponent.

It is also insufficient to ignore those who may disagree with one’s own declared point of view. All opponents deserve a proper explanation of your thinking, even if they may continue to disagree. Proper debate is a necessary formality in any democracy. If democracy is still to be hailed as being king, then listening to the points of view held by ‘other’ and debating them is essential. That should naturally include debating with the electorate.

Whatever political view an individual may wish to take, it would seem to me that there are three institutions that should be held as being at the very pinnacle of present day society. These are The Judiciary, The NHS and The Town and Country Planning Acts and laws.

To demolish or significantly downgrade any of the principles held in these well established disciplines would be tantamount to dismantling democracy as we know it. Whenever setting out to make new policy for the benefit of a whole country such as Britain, these three disciplines should always be fully taken into account and given careful consideration.

Tough love, directed towards some parts of society, may be necessary for further improvement but it would, by its own definition, have to be based on love and nurture, not prejudice.

The noblest of decisions, taken in order to improve the lot of the many in modern society must occasionally fail in practice.

If this happens I would suggest the lessons set out in Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata could help and these should be applied. Using these philosophies more wisdom, knowledge and learning can replace one’s own present misunderstandings, relatively swiftly and blamelessly. It advises, as far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

To me this means those who are not learning from life or improving their own way of thinking in the process, are wasting their present lifetime whilst destroying theirs and others’ future prospects. Taking such a stance should not be seen as being a weakness. It is a strength which can make our nation greater than it has ever been.

Based on this, certain core policies are needed to steer us in the direction of forward progress.

What follows is a set of proposals to seal the cracks inside our community before these widen or establish themselves structurally. The resultant damage that would be done if this was to be allowed to happen would be incalculable.

FOR EXAMPLE: Before designing a new Town & Country Planning system for the whole of Britain, it would be a good idea to get a clear picture of what would make each local community thrive, and then incorporate precisely that.

To date we have seen little evidence of that and practically no justification for the arbitrary zoning designations which are being proposed in the Planning White Paper currently being debated in Parliament. This deserves much further consideration.

The clear and over-riding objective surely must be for ordinary working people to be able to find openings for good new jobs.

My contention, (even though it was not spelled out in Prime Minister Johnson’s speech at the recent Conference), is the forward plan must in fact be to debate and arrange with business leaders to start searching for and employing more-skilled people, including training them up and paying them substantially more whilst expecting more productivity/profitability from them in return.

The resultant gain to industry could be achieved from increasing the incentive amongst school leavers and university graduates alike to decide on a higher-skilled career for themselves, earlier, and then to train more intensively for that.

Those youngsters who do not choose to follow this path would be likely to have to accept whatever unskilled jobs there may be at low wages (and with little or no prospects), of course.

This is, in effect, increasing the requirement on job seekers to decide what they would like to do earlier and to embark on getting the best training and qualifications they need for their choices of career.

Other successful economies have already achieved such outcomes and because this has been done elsewhere it could certainly be done in Britain if the incentives were provided.

One organisation, KPMG (the accountancy conglomerate) is already in the news for helping in the battle for greater diversity among types of job especially within the poorer communities by offering apprenticeships. It wants nearly a third of their staff to be coming from working class backgrounds by 2030. Enabling diversity of perspective, fresh thinking, and wide-ranging insight should help all businesses to perform.

Those from routine maintenance and service organisations may apply. Levels of pay and prospects in life really matter to employees but so does aspiration. Van drivers, butchers and factory workers should be among those applying for schemes such as these if they should wish to do so.

I wonder if anyone else is thinking these may be the insights behind Boris Johnson’s recent Conference Speech?

Equally importantly is the house price crisis and for more about how the lack of adequate housing combined with the UNaffordability problem could be fully resolved, not only swiftly but also economically, please follow the link below:

The House Price Virtuoso Solution

How to Improve Housing Markets in England and Wales.

What do you think about these ideas for drastically improving the operation of all housing markets in Britain?

Constructive comments are very much welcomed.

Posted by: Peter Hendry, Housing Valuation Consultant

Author:– The House Price Virtuoso Solution

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