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A Broom Cupboard of One's Own: The housing crisis and how to solve it by boosting home-ownership (Instant) by [Clark, Ross]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 133 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House (14 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALSO7LO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After the credit crunch the Queen is reported to have asked a group academics from the London School of Economics 'why no one saw it coming'. Apparently the reply she was given was 'At every stage, someone was relying on somebody else and everyone thought they were doing the right thing.'

Arguably, the author of this book and a few notable other notable exceptions aside, the very same could be said of the housing crisis in the UK. It strikes me as a curious oddity that almost every single housing related decision that's been taken by the governments of whichever colour during the last 30 years has been geared towards the long term detriment of society. It's as if they believe that the the nirvana of the housing markets resides at the point where the first rung on the ladder is a £1million studio flat on a run down suburb on the outskirts of London.

The arguments that Ross Clark has put forward are important. They strike me as being realistic and necessary. I fear that if they are not heeded that the financial crisis of 2007/08 will begin to look like small fry by comparison to the challenges that the future housing crisis will present to us in a few years time.
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Everyone involved in housing policy must read this short book, which sets out sane and achievable policies for addressing the housing crisis. Politicians - wake up!
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Good use of stats and compelling analysis of how the UK govt has systematically set out to inflate a massive housing Ponzi scheme.

Will be recommending it to friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief but insightful and informative 25 Feb. 2013
By G. Munoz - Published on Amazon.com
Completely disagree with the first review. This short book offers a reasonable and well-thought portrait of the current housing crisis in the UK. You might not agree with all the recommendations for how to fix the housing crisis (i.e. relaxing environmental regulations to lower house building costs) but you cannot deny the underlying causes of the current situation which are outlined in the book (i.e. access to cheap credit, selling off of Council housing stock, buy to let mortgage, etc.)
Great read for anyone considering buying a house in this economic climate.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete junk 27 Dec. 2012
By Guardian - Published on Amazon.com
If you want to read absolute garbage about the UK housing market by somebody who hasn't got a clue, then this is it. Ross Clarke is simplistic, hasn't got any understanding of economics and with his jumbled confused ideas he offers ''solutions'' which can only be dreamt up in a haze of burning weed.
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