Council houses are to be taken away from rich tenants who earn more than £100,000,
Let\’s put it the other way around.
Would anyone actually design a system in which people in the top 2 or 3% of the income distribution received a public subsidy to their housing? For that what we\’ve got, and if we wouldn\’t design a system so then getting rid of that flaw in the system we have seems sensible enough.
There\’s an interesting corollarly to this as well. It\’ll put a cap on the sort of salaries that various political leeches are willing to charge. Lee Jasper for example, famously lived in a council house while being paid £115,000 as Ken\’s \”get out the black vote\” peep. He\’d now only be willing to charge £99,999 for such services, meaning that we\’re £15,001 to the good right there.
Bob Crow, the militant leader of the RMT union, chooses to live in a council house in London despite his pay and perks package as union general secretary totalling more than £140,000. The rent is estimated to be around £150 a week – a figure that would be much higher in the private sector. His spokesman recently said that Mr Crow makes “no apology” for living in social housing.
The idea just gets better and better, doesn\’t it?