Slums, speculation, sell-offs and sardines

Tory housing ‘u-turn’ is woefully inadequate

David Cameron finally seems to have acknowledged the dizzying abyss that free market housing policies have created. Workers are extorted, less and less secure – and squashed like sardines.

Cameron promises action on soggy, downtrodden council estates and the ever-receding bottom rung of the property ladder.

But will his 10,000 new homes really help Britain’s 4.4 million private renters?

And will any of England’s backlog of half a million planned new homes ever actually be built?