We desperately need joined-up thinking to avert housing crisis
In every general election there is one stand-out political issue which occupies debate and becomes a benchmark against which all political parties are evaluated. In recent years, the economy and personal wealth have consumed election campaigns.
When economic prospects are in the ascendency, social issues tend to come to the fore. For example, during the general election in 2002, even though exchequer figures where exceptionally buoyant, and take-home pay was increasing, a storm of debate engulfed the health service which no amount of money could mollify.
In the forthcoming election there is one problem that has the potential to again consume the campaign because it straddles the social and economic divide. That issue is housing.