It’s not unthinkable that the UK could remain in the EU – New Statesman

In an important article in the New Statesman, it argues that as Brexit softens, the full-fat Remain option could start to look awfully attractive.

Source: It’s not unthinkable that the UK could remain in the EU

The article looks at the political forces impacting Brexit where a softer option seems to be gaining favour quickly. However, as the costs and benefits start to be clearer, the integrity of the whole Brexit project will be again up for scrutiny.

For the moment, it’s politically correct to respect the Brexit referendum result. But given the catastrophes that are hitting the UK at the moment, it’s possible that a new national event will precipitate a major reversal.

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Opinion – High-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower can be safe. The key issue is management | Anna Minton | Opinion | The Guardian

English: Social housing on approach to London ...

English: Social housing on approach to London Bridge Station SE1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Following tragic loss of life in Greenfell Tower fire, Anna Minton in a hard-hitting op-ed in the Guardian takes a hard-look at Britain’s social housing. Critically, it highlights that residents of the gutted building in west London have been warning for years that a tragedy was inevitable.

Source: High-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower can be safe. The key issue is management | Anna Minton | Opinion | The Guardian

Straight after the general election where the excessive austerity of the Conservative Party played to Labour’s advantage, this article reminds us of two important factors:

  • UK is a divided society where home ownership is increasingly hard for young people and more people are looking towards a life in social housing
  • Ineffective administration of social housing

As Britain sails towards the economic rocks on Brexit, there is no escape from the housing crisis. For the young without wealthy parents, it’s hard to get on the housing ladder. For others, social housing offers a life in dangerously poor quality homes where acute social problems abound.

Earlier in my career, I was an expert advisor in effective cost management of public sector estates. Sadly, the whole system is a failure through a property’s life cycle, ranging from design, build, maintenance, decommissioning and destruction. Where services are outsourced, there are acute weaknesses in delivering value for money. Allocation of social housing is closely tied to raging debate about the effectiveness of public welfare – we are also reminded that immigration is part of the problem.

Yesterday, Theresa May suspended announcing her political agreement with the DUP out of respect for London latest crisis but many are again questioning the effectiveness of government policy – this time on social housing. Unfortunately, with a weak and wobbly leader in power, we are reminded that it will be firefighting rather vision and strategy that will lead the way. This is yet another vivid reminder why Theresa May has to go and quickly.

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