George Orwell’s ‘Picture Of The Future’ Is In The Latest George Monbiot Column..

…although it’s probably a Birkenstock stamping on a human face, rather than a boot.


I have a friend who works almost every waking hour, mainly to pay the rent. Her landlord lives on a beach, 4,000 miles away. He seldom responds to her requests, and grudgingly pays for the minimum of maintenance. But every so often he writes to inform her that he is raising the rent. He does not have to work because she and other tenants work on his behalf. He is able to live the life of his choice because they give their time to him. As there is a shortage of accessible housing, they have no choice but to pay his exorbitant fees.

What you’re describing there is the case for anyone who owns something they rent out to others. Cars, showgrounds, venues, farming land.

Do you want to stop private ownership of everything?

Wait, that’s a rhetorical question. You probably do.

We will need private landlords for the foreseeable future, and they should be able to make some money from their property.

How very decent of you, George! We should all be grateful for your kindness.

2 comments for “George Orwell’s ‘Picture Of The Future’ Is In The Latest George Monbiot Column..

  1. Mona
    July 24, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I drove recently past some new build homes on a former Burroughs-Wellcome industrial site at Dartford they are so small I felt so sorry for the people living in them, how could these rabbit hutches been allowed to have been built. I see African immigrants being given very nice Council Houses,, Kalergi at work?. We are so desperate for building land they have been given permission to build thousands of houses on a flood plain at Cliffe in North Kent. O yes how many MPs own and let multiple properties which at least 70 Conservatives do, may explain the housing crisis.

    • July 28, 2019 at 7:55 am

      There’s not a single scrap of land around my area that isn’t being eyed up by developers for more of this ‘Bladerunner’ style housing. It’s a nightmare.

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