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The great housing disaster: an interview with Danny Dorling

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Everyone agrees that there is a housing crisis in this country. Most people think this is a crisis of supply and many trace the origins of the crisis back to the 1980s. For example, the journalist James Meek, in a much-discussed essay on the subject in the London Review of Books, argues that the Thatcher government “artificially raised market rents by choking off supply—by making it impossible for councils to replace [the houses sold off under the “Right to Buy” scheme].” We’re paying for those policy choices today, Meek suggests. 


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