A letter a day to number 10. No 1,525
Wednesday 17 August 2016.
Dear Mrs May,
What does it say about this country when the following appears on Craigslist (still there at the time of writing): “Homeless Females ? Free Rent House Share (Hillingdon). “As the ad states if there is any Homeless Single stunning Females who are out there seeking to save or seeking to be re-housed by a friendly genuine white britisg guy then look no further I offer a Genuine offer to any young single hot sexy female of any nationality or culture to house share with me free rent free food drinks etc and usage of all facilities if this is you and you are a female seeking desprately then get back to myself with a pic of your self for mine in return with more details as well contact details too ,… [sic] Regards xxx” – advert, Craigslist July 2016″ Did he mean [sick] I wonder?
I don’t know whether you’ve noticed, or care, but Britain has a housing crisis and this is the bottom of the barrel. Whilst the advert doesn’t specifically state sex for housing, the predatory nature of the advert is as plain as the nose on my face. Trading ones body for shelter? How does that sit with you Mrs May?
Whether you are repulsed by this or not the simple fact is that there are not enough houses being built in Britain and that is a political issue. According to data released by the independent House of Commons library, ‘David Cameron had the worst housebuilding record of any Prime Minister since 1923’.
Instead of fiddling with the financial markets the bank of England could print money and put that into the real economy and, not the least, fund a programme of house building. As Positive Money has pointed out, for every £1 spent into the real economy it grows the economy by £2.80, whilst every £1 given to the financial markets returns just 8p in growth.
House building makes good economic sense, but that is not the main issue here, housing saves lives and keeps people safe and vulnerable women would not have to be exposed to predatory offers to prostitute their bodies for something as fundamental and basic as shelter. We have the means to save lives, but do you have the political will?