Only a total rethink can solve the housing crisis

It’s become trite now to mention the fact that each Conservative party conference juxtaposes the destitute homeless people sleeping slumped in corners with the elites rolling out of bars after emptying bottles of bubbly. It should sting the moral conscience, but it does not, because individuals have inured themselves to the existence of homelessness. We shrug when asked for change, teaching our expression to harden, and refuse to acknowledge the human misery increasingly in front of us on the street.

To solve homelessness sounds easy in practice: give someone a home. But the housing policies offered by our political leaders are not remotely radical enough to achieve this, and leave us trapped in an entirely dysfunctional market. The housing and communities secretary, James Brokenshire, has announced plans at Birmingham to increase stamp duty for foreign buyers.

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Source: The Guardian