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February 21, 2007


...Inequality Kills!

Higher earners should live alongside poorer households to achieve a better mix in housing, a Government-commissioned report said yesterday.

As we are so often told, it is inequality that kills. We're also told that it is inequality within a community: people compare themselves to those around them, not to the football star on the telly, or Bill Gates or some starving peasant in another country.

So by moving the rich into poor housing areas we make the inequality even more obvious, shove it into people's faces and thus, by the logic of the inequality crowd, kill even more.

Why do people want to kill off the poor?

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Are you really against the state subsidizing the building of servants' quarters at a convenient distance from (potential) employers?

Tim adds: Yes. Why should the state be building servants quarters?

Posted by: matthew | Feb 21, 2007 9:13:21 AM

It'll make it easier for the slightly prosperous to have a rented house in town and an owned house in the country. And to use private schools. They'll also find it easier to get their children into good univerities.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 21, 2007 10:04:20 AM

What a good idea. Why shouldn't the middle classes live next door to people who have sofas and burned out wrecks in their front gardens? Anyway, if should bring the council tax down although your insurance premiums might go up.

Posted by: MarkS | Feb 21, 2007 10:31:46 AM

Social engineering w******s!!!!!! Grrrrr!

Posted by: Mark | Feb 21, 2007 10:39:49 AM

I'm in two minds about the concept of encouraging mixing of economic strata.

On the one hand, as you say, it's rubbing the poor's noses in the differential.

On the other hand, you look at the countries with strong economic differentials and no policy of finding some way to mix the strata, and you see tremendous ghettoisation of both the rich and the poor -- each stratum/subculture isolates itself physically from others. But TV still shows the rich to the poor. So the poor have their noses rubbed in it in their own homes, AND never actually meet people from other strata in order to get the "Actually, they're not that bad -- they're still human" realisation/defuser, AND have sharply reduced chances of moving strata since they never meet people from other strata, AND are more likely, if pissed off, to meet and heterodyne with equally pissed off people, all with nothing much to lose. Go go gadget riot.

On balance, I do cautiously applaud efforts to keep social strata mixing rather than self-isolating.

Having said that, every "tactic" should be closely examined to see if it genuinely has that effect, or merely Sounds Righteous (Memeous). Most "social engineers" I find are FAR more interested in Being Seen To Make A Difference, than in the actual nominal social goals they profess.

Posted by: Saltation | Feb 21, 2007 11:59:27 AM

Why should chavs have to travel a great distance to break into a decent property? Bound to be popular with the underclass.

Posted by: Serf | Feb 21, 2007 12:40:36 PM

Why do people want to kill off the poor?

Reduces inequality, doesn't it?

Posted by: Not Saussure | Feb 21, 2007 1:30:15 PM