Building homes is way forward
RECENT articles by your correspondent, Tristram Hunt, had me smiling.
His recent approach to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations encourages us to ignore her life-long dedication to the country and to support great achievements by historical individuals instead.
What I can't understand is why we just can't celebrate this wonderful national event without offering a Stoke-on-Trent spoiler?
As a rule of thumb well-heeled public schoolboys shouldn't drop into a city such as this one seeking cheap points from the working classes at the expense of a defenceless Queen. It makes us look unnecessarily disrespectful and furthers an outside image we dislike.
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Tristram tried for more points with his unwarranted attack upon the homeless of Newham and their council.
This is now quite rightly seen as a Labour council's playing politics with one of the burning issues of the day.
Before I was informed that my 30 years of Labour Party membership was meaningless and was relieved of all senior duties regarding Stoke Central management, I pushed forward a Conference motion requiring the immediate (Labour) Government-led rebuilding of the nation's housing stock.
Five million people in the UK do not have a home to call their own and 13 years of Labour Government refused to address this problem.
I ran so hard with this proposal, that when the opportunity arose to stand in the General Election of 2010, I published it as a manifesto aim to promote a rebuild of at least one million new homes across Great Britain.
The Sentinel's Joe Watts, a London based political journalist, asked me what the big political issue of the day was. I said that from 2009 onwards the correct answer was not 'jobs' but the economy.
Untested quantative easing (QE) ignores a capital infrastructure spend addressing the issue of needy families requiring a roof over their own heads.
The simple answer is to kill two birds with one stone by rebuilding the economy with a massive house building programme.
Building at least one million new homes will create millions of paid hours, serviced by hundreds of thousands of new jobs and creating tens of thousands of apprenticeships.
Failure by the Labour Party to enact this rebuild programme over a 13-year stretch in power is not an excuse for Labour MPs to pass the blame to any government forced to pick up the pieces of a broken economy mismanaged by the last Labour government.