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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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BOOK RELEASE: There’s No Place

My book, There’s No Place: The American Housing Crisis and what it means for the UK, will be published in June.  Here’s what some people are saying about it: “Glyn Robbins knows what he’s talking about.  If words are weapons, … Continue reading

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Learning from Red Vienna

In the week the UK government unveiled a housing policy that will never work, I was in Vienna learning a bit about one that did.  The wave of radical politics that swept the world after the Russian Revolution and the … Continue reading

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Milton Keynes – A City Concept at Risk

I’ve written before about my fascination with Milton Keynes, so I was very happy to be invited to a meeting of MK residents to discuss the Housing and Planning Act (which limped through parliament on 12th May).  The new Act … Continue reading

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The Housing Paradox and the Democratic Deficit

I think this post is what’s known as a ‘think piece’  I’m not sure what that means, but it comes in the days after the Housing and Planning Bill ‘passed through’ parliament, like a stomach bug that has messy and … Continue reading

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Dollis Valley: The Housing Bill Foretold

During my US housing road trip last year (and on numerous previous visits) I came to the firm conclusion that US and UK housing policy were converging around a neoliberal axis that spells doom for working class communities in both … Continue reading

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There’s Power in the Union

I’m just back from the AGM of Islington UNISON at the Union Chapel.  I used to be a branch member and was invited to say a few words about Sunday’s national demo against the Housing Bill and the Kill the … Continue reading

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