However much the National Housing Federation may want to roll their voluntary Right to Buy deal that they proposed to government in glitter you simply cannot polish this turd.
The all party Public Accounts Committee have scrutinised this voluntary deal and its Chair the Labour MP Meg Hillier says :
“The approach to paying for this policy seems to be entirely speculative. On the basis of evidence heard by this committee, there are no costings or workings out. We are not talking about ‘a back of an envelope’ calculation – there is no envelope at all.”
This is not just a turd, this is the large floating turd at the bottom of the toilet bowl that refuses to be flushed
The Right to Buy extension (RTBe) to housing associations was government policy and a manifesto commitment they never thought they would have to implement as the Conservatives have openly admitted they never expected to win an outright majority at the May 2015 general election.
This RTBe policy was announced less than 24 hours after the National Housing Federation held a rally in central London and its triumphal chief executive David Orr said housing is on the agenda and government were supportive of social housing. This policy was the housing associations worst case fear and became reality less than one day after this £750,000 triumphal deluded jolly.
To then post general election see David Orr propose this highly secretive and inchoate voluntary deal to government and give the vast majority of housing associations it had not consulted just 6 days to agree to this turd simply beggars belief.
To now have this turd exposed for what it is and reveal that David Orr hoodwinked the landlords of 2,452,000 housing association properties in England with this turd by his deluded vanity and rank incompetence and to tell this – and all future governments – that housing associations are feckless organisations that wouldn’t say boo to any government goose is megalomania writ large on his part.
Time somebody found an envelope and put the P45 of David Orr in it because his voluntary deal is a bigger turd than the government’s policy intent.
David Orr has not just sold 1500 or so housing associations down the river, he has sold the entire social housing model that accommodates 11.6 million men women and children who live in the 5.04 million UK social housing properties. His deal and complicity with the policy intent, the putting of a bigger turd onto the already huge turd, said that all social landlords will never fight for the social ethos behind the social housing model created in the Welfare State that provides homes and not just merely rented bricks and mortar to 1 in 6 of the UK population.
David Orr played the housing associations hand, the hand of the PRIVATE Registered Providers to give them their correct name, the wannabee private landlords who still want the benefits and market protection of being called ‘social’ while not even paying lip service to what the term social means.
David Orr has sunk the dagger so deep into the social housing model with the voluntary deal that it is very doubtful it can survive.
Cue the very vocal acolytes of the megalomaniac David Orr saying (a) this is a government policy not our doing and especially (b) I and others have no commercial reality and live in a nostalgic dream world of social housing’s post-war consensus.
They are also turds and turds of Bos Taurus (without the balls)
Those typical responses do not even hold glitter. David Orr’s turd is a bigger one than the government’s original policy intent as explained and as to commercial reality, then by all means bugger off and see how you compete in the marketplace as its not only the housebuilders who will blow you out of the water its the hedge fund managers who will too. Have takeover after takeover and create the 200,000 strong property giants you want to become (and your current CEO’s get the personal pay off they seek and put before any semblance of good business sense or even social mission) and see how quickly you fail.
The social housing nostalgia argument? The SHOUT report and remember it was written by a self professed very laissez-faire right wing economist reveals starkly that the economic case is that the social housing model is the best case scenario. The arguments for much more social housing is not naive nostalgia it is founded and based upon very strong economic bases that accord with a right-wing economic view as well as a Keynesian one.
The schism the voluntary deal created gets wider by the day and the vast majority of housing professionals know and privately admit this turd is a turd and not just because the vast majority of them believe in the ethos of the social housing model, but because it is a turd when viewed from every dimension.
In summary it is time to flush the turd and repeatedly flush and to find a way that the NHF or indeed any new representative body for social landlords that replaces it can recover from the current strategy that stinks to high heaven – quite apt for a large turd.