The enormity of the political gravity the Covid pandemic has created alongside the solidarity of a shared universal experience is materialising politically in a State that has to do things itself.
The brutal logic of the Health reforms and the quasi Nationalisation of the Health system leapfrogs to the next problem.
The same free market dynamics that compounded our response to Covid are helping create the Housing crisis. People see housing as a commodity, not a human right. To fix it we need a mass State Housing rebuild using the best sustainable architecture built by the State. That will remove the desperation at the bottom of the market and force landlords to upgrade standards.
We need a Ministry of Works that actually builds State Houses using the public works act to seize landbanked land and Golf Courses to build the best quality green State housing on them.
We need the State to do this because the Free Market has failed.
People need hope. The creation of a new Ministry of Works that builds sustainable State housing could represent a bold new step into the future at a time when we are desperate for it.
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