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I used to think that the Tory problem was housing. But now I'm not so sure
I think the bigger problem facing the Conservatives as a result of the housing market, is one of distribution: growing prices means that liberal and ideologically left-wing middle class voters, who might previously have remained in Manchester, London or Liverpool, are moving out to previously blue or marginal suburbs – and taking their voting habits with them (see, for instance, the Wirral constituencies, both Bury seats, and Croydon Central).
UK  politics  housing  property  renting  location  ToryParty  voting  dctagged  dc:creator=BushStephen 
march 2018 by petej
The dream of owning your own home is over. Let’s improve renting | Jonn Elledge | Opinion | The Guardian
"In some ways the buy-to-let bubble is merely a more virulent form of a condition that’s afflicted our national obsession with home ownership from the beginning. The main reason buying your own home makes you richer is because it increases in value: somebody will pay more for it tomorrow than you can today. In other words, rising house prices have always been a socially acceptable way of allowing the old to rob from the young. In an economy in which inflation has been held down, that would always eventually prove unsustainable."
UK  housing  property  homeOwnership  crisis  rents  renting  landlords  buyToLet 
august 2016 by petej
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