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3.0 out of 5 stars Too polemical, 29 April 2014
This review is from: All That Is Solid: How the Great Housing Disaster Defines Our Times, and What We Can Do About It (Hardcover)
I found this an interesting book. I am frankly, somewhat amazed that an academic can be quite as polemical as Prof Dorling is in this book. The book does contain useful info on housing - no surprise there. It is however, very partisan. it is arranged thematically rather than chronologically. It is repetitive. And it is, in my opinion a bit patronising about low income people who rent.

His basic argument is that there is not in fact an overall shortage of housing. What we have is a situation where some people have a lot of housing (owning large houses and/or more than one property) and some people with not enough. I am not sure there is any real connection between the two, though I do accept that the rich have got a lot richer in the last decade or so.

He does go on at some length about the unfairness of the Bedroom Tax.

We do clearly have a problem with housing in the UK. Home ownership is clearly over-priviledged. His best idea is for reform of the council tax bands as it is clearly madness that someone living in a house valued at £320,00 pays the same as someone living in a house valued at £1million or above.

He seems to think another housing crash will eventually come but cannot say when that might be.

it is also true that this book would not win any awards for elegent use of English.
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