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Promises! Promises!


Dear Grant 

We learnt today that House building has fallen and home ownership is the lowest for 25 years. Nevertheless you personally continue to claim otherwise and pledge that you and the Conservatives will build  a further 100,000 new starter homes and also that you will provide a 20% discount for the buyers of those new homes.

This morning you declined to say what that would cost and who would pay for it, so DERMOT MURNAGHAN of SKY worked it out for you.

He said,

“But of those 100,000 starter homes with a discount which you say here is going to be at least 20%, then we get into Natalie Bennett territory, have you costed this?  The average house price in England and Wales is 180,000 so 100,000 houses, that’s 18 billion worth of housing stock, you’re offering a 20% discount so doing the maths here, 3.6 billion, where are you getting that from?”

You said ,

"Its very straightforward"  then gave a sidewise response.

28 September 2014  I like what you wrote to me  

“Having your own home means security, independence, and being able to get on in life”

I have made some improvements to your poster so that we get the complete picture.

You will have seen this family just along from your place of work and they would be glad of the home you provided for them.


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by  Monkles 1 March 2015




your own home means security, independence Grant Shapps

24 Sep 2013

Stifled Spin

You will have heard Ed Balls volunteer to have his spending pledges assessed by the Treasury.

Monkles 1 March  2015 (lunchtime)

Grant Shapps pledged the100,000 new houses and an uncosted  giveaway of 3.9 Billion over breakfast, and now David Cameroon has just doubled the target and the giveaway at Lunchtime. What are they eating?

Who will pay for the 7.8 Billion giveaway?

Surely not another efficiency saving? What a giveaway, and just before an election.