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Homelessness and housing costs
In the case of both migrants and people already here without a house to live in, council houses aren't being built and empty properties aren't being used for these people. This keeps house prices high and rents high.
Basically homelessness is helping to keep rents high by holding ordinary people to ransom, which is good for landlords and bad for everybody else. High rents create homelessness and homelessness creates high rents.
The knocking down of council estates, particularly in London, and their replacement with luxury flats for the super-rich, unaffordable to ordinary people, doesn't help either. This makes the housing crisis even worse.
Our demands should be more council house building, and private housing monopolies to be taken over by the state, so everyone can have somewhere to live.
Andy Atkin, Bristol
More privatised rail chaos
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling gave a statement in parliament on 4 June about the chaos on the Northern Rail and Govia Thameslink franchises.
He could have saved a lot of breath by just saying "trust me, it will be all right on the night" and then sitting down.
He basically said he had had assurances - from the very people who said there would be no problems in the first place - that these problems would be sorted... sometime.
Some of the criticism of the debacle of cancelling trains at the same time as introducing a new timetable has been personalised - the press calls him "Failing Grayling" and so on. He is clearly out of his depth. However, it is the privatised franchise system which is failing - because there is no overall plan for services, connections, staffing or training.
Each train-operating company does its own thing. If that means poaching drivers or other staff from another company, then so be it, as long as 'our' trains run.
Experienced rail workers would think long and hard before attempting to introduce a new timetable, as everything else then changes, connections, the effect on rosters, breaks, training.
It seems managers are unwilling to oppose such schemes as they do not want to be seen as weak, even when they fear the schemes will fail.
Grayling said the two franchises could borrow drivers from other companies if needed. At best this is robbing Peter to pay Paul. But he didn't say which companies or drivers would be helping out.
I am not holding my breath. Most train-operating companies have an agreement with train drivers' union Aslef allowing drivers to work on rest days.
As they cannot staff services with the resources they have, rest day working - doing a full shift on a day off - is used to plug current gaps.
It is hard to imagine drivers from other franchises voluntarily going to face the wrath of Northern and Govia Thameslink customers when they can experience much the same by staying put - and that's even if they have the required route and traction knowledge to transfer.
The transport secretary blames the train-operating companies, they blame Network Rail, and so it goes on.
Without a long-term national and local plan, fully funded under public ownership, democratically produced by passengers and the workforce through our trade unions, the rail industry will remain subject to private companies squeezing profits out of what should be a public service.
An Aslef member, Worcestershire
Unison witch-hunter elected
The Blairites are still firmly holding onto most significant elected positions within the Labour Party, be they MPs or local councillors. But that is not enough, and the Blairites want more power still.
Take the case of well-known Blairite Linda Perks, who until recently was the London regional secretary for public service union Unison.
Perks won the selection process to become a Labour Party council candidate for the Charlton ward in Greenwich, south London, and was subsequently elected.
In this case, the incumbent Labour councillor since 1998, Gary Parker, is one of the few Labour councillors in the country who publicly defended Jeremy Corbyn against the 2016 leadership coup led by Blairite contender Owen Smith.
Perks' credentials are, however, about as far removed from Corbyn's anti-austerity leadership as could be.
Indeed, just four months before being selected as Labour candidate, she was strongly criticised by a judge for having abused her authority within Unison.
Evidence came to light that she had told her staff to campaign during work time for right-wing general secretary Dave Prentis during the 2015 Unison election.
Perks has form on such matters. In 2007 she was at the centre of the scandal regarding Unison's witch-hunt against four members of the Socialist Party.
In this instance, after a long battle for justice, the four Unison branch secretaries were reinstated - as detailed in the Socialist Party pamphlet 'Unison Bureaucracy Unmasked'.
At the time, Labour backbencher John McDonnell actively opposed the witch-hunt against socialists, making it clear: "I am a Unison member myself and I therefore want to go on record as pledging my support to those activists now being witch-hunted by a section of the union."
One can only wonder what McDonnell now thinks about the ongoing attempt by Perks and her fellow Blairites to oust Corbyn-backing Labour councillors.
I say "wonder" because so far Labour's left leadership has done nothing to head off such problems, and has singularly failed to encourage the Labour membership to organise against the Blairite enemy within.
Mike Barker, Leicester
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