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Housing is a controversial issue because it touches on people’s basic instincts for security.

Baggini suggests that the white working classes in Barking and Dagenham can legitimately blame their housing poverty on the arrivals of new economic migrants. They are taken away scarce housing and forcing sons and daughters of East Enders to flee to the Essex suburbs. The Council lives in fear of being labelled ‘racist’ if it considers entitlement to be just and deserving case to prioritise over the needs of more recent housing applications.

There is simply no evidence presented to show this. There are plenty of…

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