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punkfolkrocker BS: Brexit & other UK political topics (2486* d) RE: BS: Brexit & other UK political topics 24 Sep 21

I'm the only one from my old gang of 4 or more close Grammar mates
who came from a council estate..
That was a stigma I had to deal with at such a snobby school in the early 70s..

We were the arty farty clique who didn't follow sensible traditional career paths..

I was the only one of us who didn't benefit from inheriting hundreds of thousands in my 40s/50s,
to provide a much needed comfy foundation for older age...

My parents were principled working class lefties
who believed in social housing.
and rejected all offers/persuasion to buy their council home..

That's why my mum had a stable good quality home for half a century
until social services put her in a care facility recently during lockdown.

The first wave of sold off right to buy homes on the estate
didn't remain in the purchasers hands for too long,
because the estate factory cruely closed down suddenly
leaving many unable to afford their new mortgages...

Can only guess what those houses with big gardens might be worth now...???

It's a tory dominated town, and building new social replacement homes
doesn't seem to have been too high on the agenda
since the 1980s...

A limited few blocks of flats did get built after right to buy
removed too many decent family council houses from the estate,
but they soon enough turned into squalid sink holes for youngsters
with serious problems that became more the norm
after so long of thatcher in power......

Reinforcing the popular media prejudices of 'nightmare' council tenants...
which is now essential propaganda for promoting 'affordable' over 'social' new homes..

Yep, even Labour goes along with that cynical voter bait..

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