Thursday, April 19
Building a dependent voter base
Corbyn’s Labour Party professes the laudable aim of building more ‘affordable’ homes, one million in ten years. More power to their elbow. We need more homes. Leaving aside what we consider affordable, however, I’m drawn to John Healey’s categorisation of the just coping class (those on ordinary incomes) who he says are priced out of the system and would qualify for state largess – for affordable/social (subsidised) housing, not least those he identifies as the hard pressed: IT workers, joiners and nurses. I highlight the three occupations because I’m familiar with several individuals that perform these roles – traditional aspirational lower (and not so lower) middle class. And I’m pretty sure a home on a council estate has never featured in their plans.