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(en) Britain, Anarchist Federation - Hereford: The black apple #3 - MORE HOUSES... FOR THE RICH? + HUMANS HAVE BABIES SHOCKER!

Date Sat, 28 Jul 2007 11:40:56 +0300

MORE HOUSES... FOR THE RICH? ---- So construction of the Rotherwas Access Road has begun and is being funded in part by the sale of land for new homes. We wonder how many of these houses will be cheap and affordable or whether they, like so many other recent housing developments in the city, will be upmarket, over-priced properties with a price tag way out of reach of the average worker. Hereford's population is growing, and will continue to grow. Yet serious investment in affordable housing for the working class is almost non-existent. Workers have the choice of worn-out old council houses and long waiting lists, through organisations like Herefordshire Housing, or overpriced accommodation from private landlords whose only concern is maximum profit with minimum effort.

So what about a third option, where housing is free, built and
allocated according to need not profit, and managed by the
tenants themselves free from landlords and local authorities: an
unachievable dream? Perhaps, but only for as long as we put up
with what we have now

The large numbers of east European migrants coming to the
UK is putting a strain on NHS antenatal departments, says a
BBC report. Or rather, the NHS is under-staffed and lacking in
resources and isn't able to cope with a change in population
Years of privatisation and part-privatisation in the UK has meant
hospitals are now businesses operating for profit instead of as
a public service. In attempts to top up their already fat salaries,
hospital bosses are constantly re-organising (downsizing),
sacking workers, shutting down services and closing hospitals
Barely able to cope with providing a service for those people
already alive, and unable to understand that populations
change (humans reproduce, more humans come along ­ it's
nothing new!), the media and state blame the apparent raging
hormones of young and fertile east Europeans for the strain on
the NHS. Oh course, British people never had children before
the enlargement of the EU in 2004 so we shouldn't expect the
NHS to provide such a service.
In reality, this strain has very little to with immigration and very
much to do with the actions of the Labour government and its
(non-exclusive) habit for selling off anything that moves

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