Friday, May 01, 2015

A perverse analysis of the housing crisis by John Elledge in the Guardian

This is a perverse analysis of the housing crisis by John Elledge in the Guardian:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/30/housing-crisis-first-time-buyer-affordable-homes-london

Mr Elledge writes:  "The number of people who live here has increased by nearly a fifth in just 15 years; the number of homes to put them in hasn’t. And so, prices have spiralled".

No acknowledgement that immigration might be to blame.  Oh dear me no.  The problem is not too many people it's too few houses.

What a cretinous argument for Jon Elledge to make.

Even if Labour is able to keep to its plans of 200,000 more houses per year, if net immigration is running at 300,000 per year not only will all those new affordable homes be snapped up immediately, the number of homeless people will be accruing at a rate of one million every ten years.

Why not an application system for immigrants that includes an assessment on what impact each specific migrant will have over ten years on housing supply, water use, transport use, sewage use, use of health services, use of education services etc.  And an assessment on the likely tax each applicant will pay over ten years.  If the estimated tax does not cover the estimated use of services the application for entry is not approved NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE OR WHERE THEY COME FROM.

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