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Quotes of the week

26 February 2021


The housing crisis is neither accidental, nor inevitable. If we want to resolve it, if we are willing to share the cost more evenly . . . we can create homes and communities that are truly sustainable, safe, stable, sociable and satisfying for all

Coming Home, report by the Archbishops’ Commission on Housing, Church and Community, published 20 February

There is something fundamentally questionable about a system where, simply by owning land and doing nothing with it, the value of that land increases over time to produce an unearned windfall gain


It is disingenuous to imply that ever higher targets for building new homes will somehow make them more affordable. It won’t and it hasn’t


The drain of social homes must be stopped or we will continue to lose social homes at a faster rate than we can replace them



There was quite a long period of several years where at least once a year I’d come back from [boarding] school and find we were living somewhere else from where we’d been. Sometimes without me being told in advance

Justin Welby, talking about his teenage housing insecurity, The Sunday Times, 20 February


Make no mistake about it, this is no wishy-washy document destined for an early trip to the recycling bin

Martin Hilditch, editor, Inside Housing, 22 February


The vaccine was given to me by a local vicar who used to be a doctor & got her licence done again to help with the vaccine

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, 19 February


So when I have to deal with the pain, when I have to deal with the inconvenience of surgery, those are the side effects of being alive. And, you know, I would take them any day over the alternative

J. J. Chambers, TV presenter and former Marine, severely injured by a mine in Afghanistan ten years ago


Death is an outrage. But Bex wanted you to know that she didn’t lose her battle with cancer; she won her adventure with life

Andrew Graystone, on the death last week of Bex Lewis, 18 February


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