Boris Johnson slams 'lefty' affordable housing in latest Telegraph column

Boris Johnson slams 'lefty' affordable housing in latest Telegraph column

Monday, August 13, 2018

Boris Johnson has used the next instalment of his Daily Telegraph column to urge the Prime Minister to tackle the housing crisis.

He made no mention of the furore that erupted following his comments in last week’s column after his comments about women in burqas.

Instead, he urges the Prime Minister to build more houses.

“In the Seventies we were building about 300,000 a year, when there was a substantially lower population,” he wrote. “In some years when we were actually experiencing net emigration.

“By the time of Tony Blair’s Labour government, that number had fallen to 156,000, and it went even lower under Gordon Brown. Now this Government is rescuing the position, with 217,000 new homes added last year.

“But the need is still vastly greater than the supply, and there is much that can and must be done.”

He also advocates cutting stamp duty and claims “lefty” policies like affordable housing quotas have stalled the building of new homes.

“We need to tell Lefties like Sadiq Khan to stop their ideological obsession with quotas for affordable housing on each development,” he went on.

“The reason the last Tory mayoralty (of pious memory) outbuilt Labour is that we imposed no such constraint – with the result that we got more housing built of all kinds.”


Hate crimes

The racism watchdog Tell Mama said there had been a rise in racist incidents since Johnson’s column last week, in which he referrred to women in burqas as “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.

They said at least four women had been insulted in public after its publication.

“There is a direct link with Mr Johnson’s comments and an impact on visibly Muslim women as a whole,” Tell Mama founder Fiyaz Mughal OBE told the Independent.

Claire Fox from the debate think-tank Academy of Ideas said Johnson “can’t be held responsible if Islamic women have been attacked since he wrote it”.

“When they say there’s a rise of abuse and hate crime, people assume they’re being physically assaulted, which is a horrible thing to do, but it’s not what’s implied, people are wandering around calling people names,” she told Julia Hartley-Brewer.