John Healey interview: ‘Home is where we need to feel safe… taking that away has huge consequences’

It’s lining up to be a busy day for the Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey when he sits down to speak to the Yorkshire Post. The Government has just unveiled a Budget to “reignite the dream of home ownership” and as Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary he’s one of the first up to bat at the Despatch Box.

In his 20 years in Parliament, he has held four different frontbench housing positions, including a year as Minister of State under Gordon Brown’s premiership. When you get him on to the subject of homes it’s easy to see why. As he talks, you get a real sense that for him, this is more than just a portfolio; it’s a passion.

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10 thoughts on “John Healey interview: ‘Home is where we need to feel safe… taking that away has huge consequences’

  1. Does he mean ” home ” as in “I live in Rotherham where little girls are not safe; where MPS, councillors and the police can’t be relied upon to protect them ” ??


  2. Price is as a result of supply and demand, plus any extractive super profits achieved by monopoly. There is a focus on supply. If we build more then everyone can have a home.
    This ignores demand. It is not constant. As a matter of policy the population has exploded through immigration. There’s are more people wanting homes. This will influence price. We also have interest ratesd at historic lows. This has reduced the cost of mortgages. Again this has been public policy
    It was Labour under Blair plus the EU tthat opened the country to mass movements of peoples.
    It wason Labour’s watch that banks went phutt. Labour also sold gold at too low a price.
    So here we go, blame the Tories, or Orcs, or Trolls, or things that go bump in the night…


    • “It was on Labour’s watch that banks went phutt.” But it was Thatcher’s deregulation of in particular the Building Societies in the 1980’s that got us pulled in to what was essentially a US problem. Overall Brown handed things well.

      “Labour also sold gold at too low a price.” Yes, Brown sold some of UK’s gold holdings. but why was it done so publicly?
      This is one view of what happened:
      but this fits far better with what I knew of the situation.
      UK was not the first country to sell off a major part of its gold holdings, but it was the first to do it in a way that drove down the market price of gold.
      Useful info here:


      • So Thatch cause Lehman Brothers to go tits up.
        She caused Iceland’s banks to go skewwiff!
        I think not.
        Brown bailed out his pals in the City. Iceland jailed(goaoled!) their Banksters.
        Compare single regeneration budgets to poor areas to amount spent on bank bail outs. It was a pittance for the poor and a bounty for the City spivs. Millions compared to billions!
        What a working class hero. He was the toast of the Mansion House. The Scottish working classes were the first to realise Labour were as useful as a chocolate fireguard.
        Brown should have sent the Banksters to the slammer for a few decades.
        Voltaire said the British had the best navy because “every now and the they shoot an admiral and this encourages the rest wonderfully”! Bankers were not punished.
        Brown effectively embezzled the value of our gold so the City could benefit. Oh, it was legal but it did not benefit Labour’s base supporters and they got to know it.


  3. The Labour manifesto of 1997 promised to end boom bust. I laughed at it at the time. We have economic data going back 800 years the show economic cycles area fact. He probably believed in the Great Moderation, that economies were now stabilised thanks to the Chicago school of economics. Then the Sub Prime salesmen got to work and Wall Street took a dive, the credit default swaps defaulted and the tax payers around the world were made to cough up to save the banisters.
    Brown started with promises that were impossible to achieve. He focussed on getting Blair to go move aside for him rather than the job of chancellor. When he got the top job he had nothing original of any note to offer.
    No, he was an inflexible thinker and was in part to blame for Labour’s catastrophe at the polls in Scotland. Not a good result.


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