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to think it is weird that Tony Blair is suddenly in favour of radical solutions to the housing crisis?

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mothertruck3r Mon 04-Dec-17 14:21:56

He is now saying that a Land Value Tax and rent caps should be introduced. Why weren't they introduced when he was Prime Minister then seeing as so much of the housing crisis was caused and perpetuated by NuLabour? Why do so many politicians only raise their head above the parapet with radical ideas when they are no longer in office?

I think Land Value Tax is an excellent idea btw, just don't like it being associated with Tony Blair.

www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/03/tony-blair-backs-labour-land-tax-solve-uk-housing-crisis

hamptonhangingpork Mon 04-Dec-17 14:51:09

I wonder if his income is dwindling at his consultancy firm so he's trying to look relevant to attract more despotic punters.

It can't be because he's desperate to get back into politics, right? I mean he's not completely delusional...oh, wait...

AlexaAmbidextra Mon 04-Dec-17 15:01:03

Quite frankly TB should fuck off. He's so desperate to still be heard having no shame that he lied his way into war to climb up George Bush's arse.

KeatingsKids Mon 04-Dec-17 15:40:37

Every time I see his name I find it really odd that he's Labour. I always think of him as a Tory.

Floellabumbags Mon 04-Dec-17 15:41:14

He's a fucking arsehole.

Judashascomeintosomemoney Mon 04-Dec-17 15:45:12

And he’s going to reverse Brexit! Single handedly! So that’s all right then. Relax everyone, Tony’s here now. I genuinely don’t know how he can show his face in public the deluded tit.

LibbyLongtree Mon 04-Dec-17 16:37:33

If I were ever unlucky enough to meet TB I have one question for him - 'how do you look your children in the eye?'

hamptonhangingpork Mon 04-Dec-17 16:43:09

Libby - his son Euan is pretty keen to follow in daddy's footsteps and become an MP. So between that and Anthony's property portfolio, I imagine Blair feels vindicated as to his political choices.

I disagree with his choices, but I imagine he wouldn't care as he sleeps on top of his big pile of money at night.

wasonthelist Mon 04-Dec-17 16:49:15

I always think of him as a Tory..
Me too

mothertruck3r Mon 04-Dec-17 16:49:24

And he was slagging off Corbyn saying he was unelectable and now he is pinching Corbyn's (and Lib Dem) policies. He hasn't got a moral or genuine bone in his body!

LibbyLongtree Mon 04-Dec-17 16:49:28

I suppose another question for TB could be 'how do you sleep at night?' but I think you've provided the answer hampton!

wasonthelist Mon 04-Dec-17 16:52:36

Why do so many politicians only raise their head above the parapet with radical ideas when they are no longer in office?

They can be more honest when they aren't asking for your vote

Be3Al2Si6O18 Mon 04-Dec-17 17:05:43

Labour did attempt to introduce one. Around 2005. It was called planning gains supplement. The house builders shot it down.

Davros Mon 04-Dec-17 17:14:33

He can't be short of money, he's a multi millionaire off the back of being PM, no integrity at all! It's probably to do with his ego - no surprise there!

lessworriedaboutthecat Mon 04-Dec-17 17:14:42

There really was something about the eyes wasn't there.

hamptonhangingpork Mon 04-Dec-17 17:20:50

Libby - depressing isn't it?

We should have seen it coming. He was in awe of the celebrity britpop scene back in the nineties. Blair was only into making money and becoming famous.

If only Pop Idol started a decade earlier. He could have been strumming his stuff on the stage rather than getting the UK into wars etc.

Andrewofgg Mon 04-Dec-17 17:34:35

Rent caps. That really worked last time, didn't it?

sall74 Mon 04-Dec-17 17:36:52

Perhaps this is some kind of cunning double bluff from him...

Maybe he's FINALLY realised just how universally despised he is, so now he's putting his name to policies that he's actually opposed to?

mothertruck3r Mon 04-Dec-17 17:42:01

Rent caps. That really worked last time, didn't it?

What you mean like the Rent Caps of over 30 years ago when the demographics of the country was completely different, there wasn't a massive housing crisis, there was an abundance of social housing and BTL hadn't been invented?

We are in a different era now and Rent Caps would not be the same "first generation" ones that existed back before the 1980s.

hamptonhangingpork Mon 04-Dec-17 17:47:35

Sall74 - I think you're onto something there.

Mortgaged landlords would suffer from a land tax, I'd imagine (especially ones with biiiigg mortgages)

AgentProvocateur Mon 04-Dec-17 18:08:55

He’s a spineless sanctimonious bastard, and I wouldn’t give his views any airtime. If he’d focused on housing instead of brown-nosing Bush and taking us into an illegal war, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in. He should fuck off back under the stone whence he came

Tiddlywinks63 Mon 04-Dec-17 18:15:17

AgentProvocateur has expressed my feelings succinctly.
He's the creepiest, toadying and most self-promoting/congratulating individual ever.
He makes me shudder.

Ilovetolurk Mon 04-Dec-17 18:22:08

Let’s face it he could improve the housing crisis overnight by just disposing of his own property empire

Conflicted much

I’m amazed the twat still gets airtime

RobotGoat Mon 04-Dec-17 18:24:52

I always think of him as a Tory

New Labour were definitely Tories in red ties.

SilverySurfer Mon 04-Dec-17 18:34:21

Thanks for wanting to share TB with the Tories but no thanks. We have no need of a war criminal and when I think of him (which is preferably never) he is firmly in the Labour camp.

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