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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, June 18, 2007
    Homes for heroes

    How different the language of Lloyd George from his political descendents today. Reading this shows just how sharply political discussion on the subject has morally descended, as the focus of housing policy has altered from providing homes for the humblest to allowing private enterprise free reign to rampantly alter our cityscapes for profit.

    Whilst on the BBC tonight Lloyd Grossman tried to get a conversation going on the subject of Liverpool's regeneration I've been reading the article sampled above - Jo McCann's ten pages in the Liverpool History Society Journal 2007 on the building of Norris Green Housing Estate, Homes fit for Heroes. It's the fullest treatment of the subject which I've found anywhere and I was struck by the significance of its inclusion in a journal primarily dedicated to marking the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Charter of Liverpool.

    That article being there said to me: this is history every bit as important to our city's story as anything about King John and the giants of capital; that article being there made me realise: this is a description of the last major reconstruction of our city seventy years ago. Telling - reflecting on the difference between Lloyd George's fulfilled vision of political responsibility for the care of all citizens, and the property developer spin of Grosvenor and their ilk.