In July last year I wrote that we now have our fourteenth housing minister since 1997 and concluded that none had got the job done. I was hoping that Gavin Barwell would be different and I have to say he did make some progress, albeit small.
With the calling of a general election for June, the chances of a fifteenth housing minister is increased. Mr Barwell is defending a majority of 165 votes and the seat is 47th on Labour’s target list.
Far be for me to make a prediction regarding the overall election results, or the result in his Croydon Central constituency, but whatever the result, Mr. Barwell is unlikely to be the housing minister in seven weeks time. He will either lose his seat, be moved to another job if his party forms the next government, or he will be in opposition.
Actually please don’t!
All I will say is that housing is the issue that impacts more profoundly on the lives of so many people and I hope it takes centre stage in the election. Unless the housing crisis is tackled soon, it will remain with us for generations, long after the changes in our trading arrangements with Europe have been forgotten!
You might wish to discuss that!