What?! Respected think tank actually calls for a return to SLUMS in Britain

We’ve probably passed the point where we can take the Adam Smith Institute seriously

“Ice on the inside of the windows, bugs climbing the walls, no carpets, a family of six living in two rooms, a toilet to share with the whole street.”

Sounds like the home of the future, right?

Or is it my grandmother talking about her childhood in British slums in the 1930s? Thankfully, her family were moved to a smart council estate when the government decided to improve conditions for British people – but if the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) gets its way, that’s where our kids could be headed.

The think tank published an article on its blog calling for a return of slums in the UK, saying the housing market is “crying out for” slums.

We try not to take too strong an editorial stance on reports from think tanks – however, it’s obvious that the ASI has totally lost the plot – or at least doesn’t know anyone who has ever even been near a slum.

No matter where you go in the world, this type of accommodation is a last resort for desperate people who cannot afford to live anywhere else. EVERYONE knows that.

The essay, which won an ASI award, says: “Some people might not feel like they need a bedroom space as large as the state expects, while others might not mind sharing a bathroom with another family if it means lower rents.”

I assume the writer will be the first volunteer to live in the slums if they’re ever built?

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Readers' comments (5)

  • London is well on its way to becoming a slum sadly, pricing young people out of reasonable housing has made it impossible to live there... just check out all these people offering up room shares...

    http://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/index.cgi?&search_id=232950342&offset=0&sort_by=price_low_to_high

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  • Anonymous

    There will also be lots of room on the abandoned dairy farms for our mobile homes.

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  • Anonymous

    Over population will result in slums. Just visit any large city in India. How soon will London start to look like Mumbi ?

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  • Anonymous

    We must get out of the EU because they can speak English but we can't speak European.

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  • Poor analysis of the blog, completely misunderstanding the point. This isn't about returning to the 1930s, but about deregulating the market so these types of housing demands can by met. Illegal slums exist in London, better that they are brought into the fold. To your last point, the author writes - 'Developments like these might be the future for young people like me struggling to get onto the housing market' - so yes, he would clearly be the first to volunteer to live in them.

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