"If, in the next 30 years, house prices rise as much as they have done in the last 30 years then the average house in Britain will cost £1.2 million... We cheered the rise of property prices not realising that it would destroy, if not our own lives, but the lives of our children.That is a Lib Dem speaking, ladies and gents, not me, not the National Front or the BNP.
The place where this is heading is a strange society with a tiny elite and a long struggling, straggling line which is the rest of us, a new proletariat, who will be in hock to Landlord PLC. We won’t own our own homes, we won’t be able to afford it. It will constrain our dreams and constrain the dreams of our children...
Nobody in society will have the kind of space in their lives, space in their homes, space in their careers for any kind of culture at all... I think it will impoverish society, make it more intolerant and make it more difficult to live...
I think if there is no place in the middle that anyone can go to claw their way out of desperate hand to mouth existence... then that condemns us all to a precarious existence because there is no ladder.”
I wonder, thirty years hence, if any of you will remember how, once upon a time, the Nationalist tried to warn you of what was to come. Most of you, I reckon, will shuffle any such discomfiting thoughts to the back of your mind as soon they make their presence felt. We don't like to be reminded of our foolish former loyalties and of destructive fashions followed off the edge of the cliff.
Oh no, we don't like to be reminded of mistakes made back then when we knew it all.
Particularly when we see those mistakes damaging our loved ones and it's way too late to do anything about it.