Summer of discontent threatens a more than seasonal disorder

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

As home owners take to the barricades in their struggle with council purchasers, Bob Ferguson asks if the resistance could spread. Right now the industry is awash with waves of protest as home owners across the country dig-in for what could be a protracted campaign against local authority pricing regimes. Some are apparently prepared to go as far as evicting council clients if their demands are not met. Others mean to force the issue by replacing existing contracts with their own higher-priced version ­ an imaginative, if disingenuous, attempt to maintain the illusion of clean hands by reversing responsibility for eviction. But talk is cheap. Until it comes to put up or shut up, commitment is just a word. In the face of prevarication ­ for you can be sure that the official side will prolong proceedings, hoping to test the protesters¹ resolution ­ unity of purpose could well crumble. Ultimately, the point at which the comfort of strength in numbers dissolves into the loneliness of the individual decision

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