Oooh, where to start..?
When the NHS was conceived, it shifted the conversation on health to that of a human right: utterly reshaping our view of housing feels ever more urgent to the millions affected by the crisis. The academics Jonathan Portes and Henrietta Moore have argued that housing should be supplied by government alongside other basic public services. If shelter is a human right, why not create a national housing service to provide homes for everyone who doesn’t have one?
Do you really want the government to tell you where you should live, and in what sort of house?
The idea seems radical now, but so too was the NHS. The horror of war led to previous traditions being contested. The endurance and severity of the housing crisis is pushing more and more people to similarly radical positions and ideas. Our politicians should be far more radical, given how swiftly people are tiring of profit being put before people.
Some are trying, love.
The public mood is ripe for a complete overhaul of the housing market, as the foundations of capitalism look dangerously weak.
The socialists keep gleefully predicting the death of capitalism. And it keeps trundling on. Because enough of us can see what the inevitable consequences of socialism are…