The Spectator asks: “Was the new squatting law necessary?”
Absolutely. You’re aware, of course, that councils are steadily working their way through tenants, evicting them if they have one more room than necessary and forcing them to board with other people the council deems are compatible.
Couple this with the coming crash – people are dropping off the edge as we write, losing jobs and therefore homes, going onto the dole and therefore also onto housing benefit and thus there’s going to be intense pressure on accommodation.
Helping this are the insane zoning laws and refusal to release new areas for development, plus searching for and clearing out any in makeshift accommodation.
This, of course, will mean rentals in general will go sky high and as the majority won’t be able to afford them, there’ll be a hell of a lot of squatting. Where? In vacated premises of course. Therefore the government sees it as essential to get this legislation through to hit these people as hard as possible and turn them into criminals.
This has been behind much of the passing of so many laws since Labour came to power and the Condems followed suit. It’s the Soviet tactic of old – criminalize your population and though you have no real intention of prosecuting in most cases, you do now have the legal right to at any time for any who get uppity..
The government is not your friend.