Social Housing Policy And The Art Of Do-Nothing Apologetics

photograph of a furry howler monkey in mid-howl
National Zoo photo by angela n. is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Howler monkey: a model legislator? Specialist in making a whole lot of noise without necessarily any other action.

In a 1946 essay, George Orwell proposed that “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.”

Surely the lack of truly affordable housing for citizens with low and no incomes, as well as its most horrific result homelesness, is one towering example of “the indefensible” in a caring society. So, does your government’s speech and writing — at any or every level — seem to today to continue to reflect Orwell’s long-ago observation?

An Australian article unlaces a government shoe that seems to suitably fit the legislative impotence that invariably greets cries to ‘do something’ about an ever-deepening housing crisis. Read more in THEFIFTHESTATE: Social housing is not a bloody-minded numbers game