Boris hous­ing U-turn ‘no sur­prise’

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - HE­LEN RI­LEY Email sup­plied ERIC HEARN Email sup­plied

com­mu­nity and busi­ness net­work.

Grab your busi­ness cards and pre­pare to dust off your train­ers to show your sup­port. Sup­port Di­a­betes UK, make new con­nec­tions and find your next chal­lenge on 23 March, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Just­giv­ing, The Blue Fin Build­ing, 110 South­wark Street, Lon­don, SE1 0TA. Please RSVP to Claire. Lub­bock@di­a­ by 21 March to re­serve your place. FOL­LOW­ING Boris John­son’s de­ci­sion to sup­port the Brexit cam­paign, he stated in an in­ter­view with the Times news­pa­per, that one of his rea­sons was im­mi­gra­tion, declar­ing, “We haven’t been able to con­trol the num­bers, so you have an ab­so­lute cri­sis in hous­ing”.

How­ever, in 2013 in a Daily Tele­graph piece en­ti­tled “It’s mad to blame our hous­ing cri­sis on ‘bloom­ing for­eign­ers’”, he wrote that, “The an­swer to house price in­fla­tion is to build more homes and we will only find it harder to build the homes we need if we are so fool­ish as to turn against for­eign work­ers…”. A clear ‘U turn’, if ever there was one.

But this should come as no sur­prise as Mr John­son has form in this re­gard. In 2012 when cam­paign­ing to be Lon­don Mayor he vowed that, if elected, he would con­cen­trate solely on the may­oralty and not com­bine it with that of an MP. As we know, it didn’t take long be­fore he did an­other of his ‘U turns’ and stood for elec­tion as our lo­cal MP. The elec­tors of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip might wish to bear this op­por­tunism in mind when Mr John­son next re­quests their votes.

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