This Writer has often entertained the belief that the best way a Labour government could have boosted its own support would have been to build council housing – in Conservative constituencies.
Think about it. A great many constituencies are held by Tories with a majority of only a few hundred or a few thousand. What happens to that majority if a few thousand people move into newly-built council (or at least social) housing there?
The Tories understand this. It’s why they are pushing up the price of housing so poorer people cannot afford to stay in Conservative-held constituencies.
Jeremy Corbyn understands it too. That’s why he is promising rent caps and a new generation of social housing that will end this ‘social cleansing’, under a Labour government headed by him.
And now we see that Nick Clegg gets it, too. What a shame he kept his head down and let the Tories do almost anything they wanted during the five years of the Coalition government.
David Cameron and George Osborne refused to build more council houses because it would “create Labour voters”, Nick Clegg has revealed.
He said either Cameron or Osborne – “I honestly can’t remember whom” – told him: “I don’t understand why you keep going on about the need for more social housing – it just creates Labour voters.”
Mr Clegg went on: “They saw housing as a petri dish for voters. Unbelievable.”
Clegg – who has gone down in history as one of the most hate UK politicians of recent years because of his many betrayals of voters, most particularly over tuition fees, has also said David Cameron and George Osborne were particularly keen to slash benefits to the bone because they believed that was what their target voters wanted.
Isn’t it interesting that this is also what ‘New’ Labour MPs seemed to think they should do, in order to get the kind of voters they wanted?
It would have been far better to ignore this tiny minority of the electorate and concentrate on the millions Labour had haemorrhaged by following mean-spirited right-wing policies but for some reason this went out of fashion until Mr Corbyn arrived.
It certainly explains the centre-left Labour leader’s current popularity.
Nick Clegg has accused the former chancellor George Osborne of casually cutting the benefits of the poorest people in society because he believed taking the austerity axe to welfare would boost Conservative popularity.
“Welfare for Osborne was just a bottomless pit of savings, and it didn’t really matter what the human consequences were, because focus groups had shown that the voters they wanted to appeal to were very anti-welfare, and therefore there was almost no limit to those anti-welfare prejudices,” he told the Guardian.
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