Got to rebuild the tied cottages

Separately, Labour has promised to deliver a “housing revolution” by building up to 150,000 council and social homes a year by 2024.

What better way to gain political power over people than to allocate their housing?

13 thoughts on “Got to rebuild the tied cottages”

  1. What a gift for Tories. Just sell the council housing off again cheap………

    That would fuck Labour right up….

  2. Just when most of the lowlifes and scumbags had disappeared from my village during the past two decades, they have to build new council houses?

  3. Tim, I’ve nearly finished that book “Socialism; the failed idea that never dies” by Kristian Niemietz, which is a bit repetitive in places but does expose western socialist ‘intellectuals’ repeated love of socialist regimes which turn out not to be ‘proper’ socialism when they fail.

    But it does lay bare one of the basic reasons why socialism always fails. A planned economy requires that the people do what the central powers require. Those in charge may have the best of intentions but what happens when the people don’t want to do as required? If they don’t want to join in workers’ councils, if they don’t want to become builders, if they can’t be arsed to work at all? They have to be forced.

    And it only takes one bit of the ‘planned economy’ not to go to plan for the whole plan to fall apart. With no market forces at play, there is no incentive to do anything.

    Someone should be asking Labour (or spud) what happens to their grandiose plans if they can’t recruit the happy workers needed to put them in place?

    Command led economies fail. Always.

    And then they aren’t ‘real’ socialism and it will all be better next time.

  4. Andrew C,

    A typical counter-argument usually is that current Labour and Corbyn are not “socialist” to begin with but instead a Scandi-style warm and fuzzy social democracy – just look at Sweden.

  5. Andrew C

    “there is no incentive.”

    Reduced to a single phrase – why socialism always fails!

    So they have to create them: the butt of a gun, the threat of a gulag..

  6. @Andrew C…

    Those in charge may have the best of intentions…

    and with what is “The Road to Hell” traditionally paved?

  7. Given the reason that houses can’t be built today is that the State is standing in the way with its acres of paperwork required to obtain planning permission, I doubt that ‘more State’ is really the answer.

    I’m involved in a massive urban extension project (or rather some of my land is), and this project was green lighted for planning over 4 years ago (ie was adopted into the Local Plan) and not one house has yet been built on the site (its slated for about 8000 houses). This is not due to the developers dragging their feet, its entirely down to the local council taking forever to process the applications, and constantly putting new roadblocks in the way of the developers.

    The issue is not a lack of land that the State has decreed can have houses built on it, the entire country is covered with Local Plans all detailing thousands of acres of land that is earmarked for development. Its just that to actually build houses on that land you have to go through a process of immense bureaucratic torture (and expense) and this takes forever.

  8. Jim – and the media, so the public, then blame developers for not building enough, for land banking, for the delays.
    You try and tell the public different you get blank looks.

  9. ‘What better way to gain political power over people than to allocate their housing?’

    Control their medical care.

    “A planned economy requires that the people do what the central powers require.”

    Gramsci pinpointed this flaw 80 years ago as cultural hegemony.

  10. Jim, Martin – a very close associate of mine has been through the same process. Outline planning permission initially recommended by staff over six years ago.

    Only just in a position to put in the first foundation early next year (and no, the initial application was never technically refused; it just had to be abandoned due to being ‘disappeared’ in a bureaucratic vortex – quite intentionally by the party concerned).

    I can’t remember if patience ran out at the third or the fourth newt survey ordered on the puddle in the middle of the field that was dry nine months of the year.

  11. My neighbour and myself both sold our houses to a developer as he wanted to tear down and redevelop the lots as they were double sized. Initial deal was conditional on outline planning permission and he had up to a year to secure it, after 4 months he came back and offered just to buy us out as he wanted to change the application and build an extra house. Thankfully we took him up on the offer as he didn’t get permission for 3 years

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