Thursday 19 January 2017

Populist report on housing forgets owners, not just tenants, have rights

Published 23/06/2016 | 02:30

For the rental market to have any chance of functioning well, both sides, tenant and landlord, need clearly set-out and balanced rights Stock Photo: PA
For the rental market to have any chance of functioning well, both sides, tenant and landlord, need clearly set-out and balanced rights Stock Photo: PA

Recently Minister of State for Education and Skills, John Halligan, said "landlord speculators" were "driving people into homelessness". He expressed a desire to enact laws to "jail the bastards".

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For a lawmaker to label a group in society as "bastards" and blame that group for a complex social phenomenon is the act of a demagogue.

For a minister to advocate that a segment of society should be locked up by the State and deprived of liberty is the behaviour of a would-be dictator.

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