The housing road to serfdom

“Capitalism must not build a new road to serfdom” concludes an article by Peter Franklin – a previous Conservative speechwriter it turns out – so I was on my guard – but he seems to have been writing mostly for thoughtful Conservatives such as Oliver Letwin… Although, in the article he was talking about the… Read more

Housing is not a market

I used to think that the law of supply and demand was the only law that nobody had ever managed to break. I was wrong. Just look at these London housing market statistics. “London’s stock of completed but unsold homes has surged by almost half this year” If the market worked the way many think… Read more

Crowding out commercial lending

A recent Oxford University report points out that banks’ lending to the property sector ‘crowds out’ commercial lending to companies. Usually we are told that government spending ‘crowds out’ private spending. That is a fantasy, but this report shows that the private banks creation of money actually has effects. Although this is no real surprise… Read more

Housing horrors

In France the government has decreed that many more ‘HLM’s (Habitations à Loyer Modéré or Homes at Moderate Rent) must be sold. But, although HLM are the equivalent to our council housing, there is no subsidy for the tenant – only first refusal on the purchase. Unsurprisingly the homes (almost invariably flats) are proving difficult… Read more