Let’s rename the ‘housing crisis’ after the politicians, bankers and landlords who caused it

Daisy-May Hudson: ‘I hope Half Way can connect councils to the human faces behind the statistics they deal with every day.’ [Image: felix clay for the Guardian].

Daisy-May Hudson: ‘I hope Half Way can connect councils to the human faces behind the statistics they deal with every day.’ [Image: felix clay for the Guardian].

Can anyone – who isn’t a member of the offending groups named by Daisy-May Hudson in her article – disagree with her?

Why do we name these so-called crises in such vague terms when we could pin the blame directly on those responsible?

The threat to the sick and disabled could be the Freud-Duncan Smith Crisis, for example, after its principle architects.

Lord Freud and Iain Duncan Smith could also be named regarding housing, due to their creation of the Bedroom Tax – but they should not be alone.

Does anybody want to devise an accurate title, laying credit – or rather blame – where it is due?

Having been homeless, I hate the term housing crisis.

Like the refugee crisis and the financial crisis, such a term seems to absolve responsibility from those who created the problem.

It suddenly becomes abstracted from the people who caused it and refers only to the effect.
There are thousands of people and corporations making huge amounts of money from the housing crisis exactly the way it is – yet we’re constantly hearing, “We’re in a housing crisis.”

So don’t you think it’s time we renamed all these crises we’re in?

Who’s responsible for the refugee crisis? We’ll name it after them.

Who’s responsible for the financial crisis? Let’s name it after them.

Who’s responsible for the housing crisis?

I want a term that will start to hold bad policy, politicians, bankers, estate agents, rogue landlords, local governments and developers accountable for the crisis they have created.

Source: Housing crisis, what crisis? Let’s expose those profiting from others’ misery | Daisy-May Hudson | Opinion | The Guardian

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19 thoughts on “Let’s rename the ‘housing crisis’ after the politicians, bankers and landlords who caused it

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    its called aktion t4 denial of benefits culling the stock by any means there isnt no other way to put it they want your crumbs off your table they are without doubt devils who cant see their abuse they cause daily they even got the bishops quiet on their culling of the flocks yet its not their fault oh dear oh dear just like that person who took over a country taking them to war we have ours using his policy’s untill we jail these banksters who still reap their rewards today will keep on swindling

    1. joanna

      I still think that they are still testing the waters, to see exactly how much they can get away with, and they Will continue!!!!

  2. joanna

    They would be proud to have their names on everyone’s lips, no matter what it is for, isn’t the saying, “any publicity, is good publicity” I would rather not give them the time of day!!

  3. brian

    Just a suggestion,

    ‘Tarten Sheriffs’.

    After the predominately English Lords Highland Clearances, that rendered many destitute. Akin to today’s tragedies.

  4. Marty

    You need to stick “Osborne” in front of any name you call any crises involving social security,

  5. Dave Rowlands

    So, let’s name them then, now. I don’t see any names implied or even mentioned in this article.

  6. Dez

    Certainly the developers are in the lead ramping up their profits by sitting on their land banks rather than building and reducing the shortage. Developers love the high price of housing stock (read scrappy shoe boxes) that is always in a demand situation with the long housing shortage. I am sure we all know of 10 to 20 year old derelict building sites that have changed hands several times with nothing being done with them. Councils planners have already passed the required Government house numbers so the ball firmly with the greedy developers and I concede lack of quality contractors from not fast tracking UK building apprenticeships and training so that they use the excuse they have not enough trained building staff. Landlords are being screwed by Government taking more tax from their profits which is already swelling the HMRC Tax Income unfortunately as with the lame brain Cons the rent for the hard pressed tenants will go up to pay for the lost Landlord revenue. Not that Government, Central or Local, give a flyiing #### about the poor renters who cannot afford the increase or receive housing benefits which are also being cut back. Feels like they want a pleb free zone in the metropolitan areas. Local Councils will not be building social housing as they promised and as per the bedroom tax no flats were, or are, available to absorb those who wanted out of their multiple bed rented properties….it aint going to happen the social housing on the private estates are rabbit hutches and far to small a number to make any difference ie just a drop in the ocean

  7. Zippi

    I, too, am homeless however, I have found a job that requires me not to live at home so, for the time being, it suits, although it is FAR from ideal.
    When it comes to Housing, Gordon Brown is at the top of my list. I remember a Budget in which he made it easier for people to acquire “second homes.” I said, at the time, “what about those of us who just want one?” With regard to housing in £ondon, Boris Johnson is right there at the top. RUBBISH mayor!
    I fear that the list of names that can be attributed to each crisis would be so long as to be almost pointless. The N.H.S. crisis, according to my mother, began no later than the 1970s. Who was in government, I’m not sure. The financial crisis has SO many orchestrators that one could write a novello, just with the names. I’m more than sure that Tony Blair’s name would appear on several lists, as would those of Call-Me-Dave (we’re-all-in-this-together-Cameron) and Gideon.

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