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When Arthur Scargill tried to buy his council flat, he bought Thatcherism

15 January 2014

8:55 PM

15 January 2014

8:55 PM

There’s a case for saying that the Thatcher government’s sale of council houses was the biggest redistribution of wealth this country has ever seen. I’m not so sure. I am pretty convinced it was a contributory factor in the vaulting property greed which has been with us ever since, and the propensity of people to view a home as nothing more than collateral, to be ever traded up. I would have expected the former leader of the NUM, Arthur Scargill, to have agreed with me about this – and then some. But, as a consequence of some digging by the BBC, we now know that Arthur tried to buy his Barbican flat under the right-to-buy scheme, back in 1993, so that he might likewise make a killing. Nothing too good for the working class, eh, Arthur, you blank-faced Yorkshire hypocrite.

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