Taking a hammering from Brazil is something with which we in the UK, especially England, should be familiar.
But we would not normally expect this to come in relation to a controversial Government policy.
THE UN Special Rapporter on Housing, Racquel Rolnik has laid into the Government in relation to Housing generally and in particular the Bedroom Tax; something which I have discussed more than once –
Following a recent visit she has commented on her surprise at the misery caused by the tax which targets –
"the most vulnerable, the most fragile, the people who are on the fringes of coping with everyday life".
She called for its immediate abolition.
Many of us have been sating the same for months.
Not surprisingly the government have not taken this well. Conservative Party Chairman and former Housing Minister has called her the 'woman from Brazil' and has referred to that country’s housing shortage – as if that has any bearing on the rights or wrongs of the Bedroom Tax. One Tory MP has actually called her a ‘Loopy Brazilian Lefty.’ That’s the second time this week that critics of government policies have been called lefties.
But the problem is, she is right. It is nothing less than a scandal that vulnerable tenants, including those who are disabled live in fear of eviction because of a policy that is fundamentally misconceived. It doesn’t matter whether you are left, right or centre; if there isn’t enough smaller housing then the policy is wrong.
So well done Ms Rolnik for speaking out.