It makes sense, in that perverted Tory way: They sold our energy, water, utility firms to foreign businesses and nationalised industries – why not sell our houses to foreigners as well?
Labour’s John Healey is right to raise the issue. He has already put forward a much better plan for housing, that could kill the Tory Bedroom Tax stone dead.
Also, the policy plays directly into the hands of organisations like UKIP – just as the United Kingdom is preparing for a referendum on whether to remain a member of the European Union.
Any independence party worth its salt will be asking if the Conservative Party is so keen to stay in the EU because it is busy selling off the UK to the other nations, piece by piece. Where is the benefit for our own people?
And what of the Tory backbenchers who oppose our membership of the EU? Will they speak up against this?
It will be damning if they don’t.
More than 190,000 council houses could be lost by 2020 if the government’s housing bill, currently passing through parliament, is approved, Labour has warned.
A proposal to force councils to sell their highest value homes, as well as the impact of increased discounts for council tenants granted the “right to buy”, will result in the loss of one in every eight council properties, according to the shadow housing minister.
Speaking in advance of the Commons housing debate on Tuesday, John Healey said the homes could be snapped up by overseas investors and buy-to-let landlords rather than people in housing need. The legislation being proposed by the communities secretary, Greg Clark MP, is an “extreme housing bill that fails young people and families on ordinary incomes who need a hand to afford a home to own or rent”, Healey said.
“Rather than running down the number of much needed affordable homes, ministers should be investing more homes to rent and buy,” said Healey, who was housing minister in Gordon Brown’s government.
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