Dolly Steps: Not A Revolution
All I Do Is Provide Context… And They Hate Me For It
I heard Tory Councillors singing the praises of a scheme that will deliver 16 new housing units in the District.
They were telling each other and the press, present at the Cabinet meeting, that “this was fantastic” and “a great achievement”.
If I had not been present, it would have been perfectly possible to believe that the Tories are delivering on housing in the New Forest.
I think this is part of the problem, they all live in a bubble and are so busy talking themselves up that they seriously believe the propaganda that they put out.
You can imagine the flack that I took when I pointed out that, whilst 16 families will benefit, there are over 3400 families on the Housing register with an average wait of 10 years or more.
I think that the Council is merely making dolly steps in the right direction.
By stating the facts clearly and calmly, I am “Mr Negative” and even the “Party Pooper”.
I am actually doing them the biggest favour, injecting a dose of reality about the situation.
I won’t stop anytime soon.
I am lodging a question at the next Council meeting asking why they have failed to lobby government over the fact that they only get about one third of the receipts from the sale of council housing under the “Right to Buy” scheme.
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