THE END OF COUNCIL HOUSE OWNERSHIP NEVER
GOT THE OPPOSITION IT DESERVED
Ed Miliband has stung politicians into real debate again. He stung his party at
Brighton last week and this week stung the Tories at . Manchester
At both party conferences, his threat to the power companies dominated debates.
Ed Miliband`s sting cannot come soon enough for Carlisle where not so long ago his many supporters succeeded in giving him the city`s backing when he was elected party leader
These Miliband supporters may now get a chance to face up to some of the disasters of the Blair years: the
Infirmary and the Academy schools –both now among the worst in the country- and the privatisation of the city council houses. Cumberland
What privatisation did get was an extra political push from John Prescott when he was communities secretary.
Since then privatisation has been enthusiastically embraced by the
Carlisle Labour leaders, some of whom have joined in as company directors to help privatisation.
These supporters of privatised housing are happy to see consigned to history the social purpose of municipal housing.
And also consigned to history, the long tradition of
Carlisle council house building lasting over a century and now replaced by a giant organisation running the houses for profit from Liverpool 100 miles away.
Ed Miliband`s sting cannot come soon enough for Carlisle.
Carlisle is the blog of Carlisle Tenants` and Residents` Federation. Information about the Federation is contained in the first post of the blog, dated March 25 2013.