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Peter Hack

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  • Comment on: George Ferguson: 'Bristol is a laboratory for change'

    Peter Hack's comment 18 January, 2013 11:50 am

    As a resident of Bristol I can not disagree with anything that George Ferguson has said but I would emphasise what he has not said.

    To that effect this multi millionaires vision rather reminds me of the aristocratic rulers of Paris who required boulevards to improve the lines of fire of their troops against their revolutionary citizenry.

    Not a single word on where ordinary people will live or how they will afford to pay the high rent or how my area of Bristol has more second homes than any national park with its tenants, (on a 6 month tenancy not worth the paper its written on) paying inflated rents to pay for the speculation of their landlord that broke Northern Rock et al. Bristol will build less than 50 houses next year; the term affordable is laughable given the trillion pound subsidy (QE et al) to the private housing sector and its plethora of landlords that dominate the first time buyer market; well George if I had any doubt about voting labour there is none now.

    Where are the poor people to live George? That was the great tradition of philanthropic entrepreneurs of the 19th C ie Cadbury et al; well George you have nt a clue how the other half live and your myopic vision is only relevant to the "Tories in self denial" that voted for you. " George des Culottes Rouges", ie get off your horse, go live in a council house for a month on 74 pounds a week, address the needs of Bristolians, or they will be driven from the city by the wealthy immigrants who are the only people that can afford to live here attracted by your "architecture". That will be your legacy.