October 19, 2011 by Richard Fernandez
A new term has been added to the litany catchphrases describing enemies of the people. To the words wreckers, profiteers and capitalist roaders has been added “bedroom blockers”, now used to refer to persons over 60 years of age who are live in homes in Britain with more bedrooms than they need.
The Intergenerational Foundation (IF), an organization “established to promote fairness between generations”, notes that these homes with spare bedrooms are now being selfishly used by older people when they are needed by the young. In a report the IF has proposed a tax increase to squeeze these seniors out of their homes to “free up space” for the younger generation.
The report stated that there are 25million bedrooms empty in homes across the country, many of which are owned by single old people. …
‘It is perfectly understandable that retired people cling to their home long after it has outlived its usefulness as a place to bring up a family in,’ said the Hoarding on Housing report’s co-author, Matthew Griffiths.
‘But there are profound social consequences of their actions which are now causing real problems in a country where new house-building is almost non-existent.’ …
It called for reforms such as exemption from stamp duty for the over-60s when they move to a smaller property, and overhauling the council tax system.
It also suggested measures to ‘encourage’ people to sell such as the withdrawal of some ‘universal’ benefits fro those living in houses worth more than £500,000 and the abolition of council tax concessions for single occupation.
Buried beneath the language of ‘reform’, ‘fairness’, ‘clinging’, and the ‘profound social consequences’ of the lack of housing is one salient idea: where can we find money. Its proponents are looking for a new source of taxes to provide for things the real economy can no longer produce. And since the IF is based “in a country where new house-building is almost non-existent” the best place to find resources is under grandma’s bed, or quite literally, in grandma’s house. If only government could take it or make it available then society’s problems are solved.
Anyhow, grandma had it coming. The Intergenerational Foundation argues that grandma’s prosperity was based on theft because she was given stuff she did not ultimately deserve So it is only right for society to take some of it back. “The younger generation have reason to be angry: for decades to come they will be burdened by the spending spree of previous generations – national debt, unfunded government pensions liabilities, debts from student fees, paying for the windfall profits in housing.”
[Hat tip: Crusader Rabbit]