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Book Review: Municipal Dreams: The rise and fall of council housing

Today feels like an appropriate day to write a review of Municipal Dreams by John Boughton (Verso).  I won’t publish it until tomorrow though, mostly because of the book’s title, which is one of the few things I don’t like about … Continue reading

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From Ronan Point to Grenfell Tower: How many more?

(I’m writing this in a state of thinly controlled sadness and fury.  Apologies if that’s reflected in my writing.  I’m conscious the full facts about Grenfell Tower aren’t known.  But that’s another reason for my anger.  As at Hillsborough, how … Continue reading

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That’s not what democracy looks like…

One of the unique qualities of council housing is how it creates an automatic relationship between people and politics.  In an era when there is increasing concern about ‘the democratic deficit’ and voter apathy, council tenants have been described as ‘special citizens’ because they have preserved a … Continue reading

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