It is a shame that they lazily repeated Labour’s use of the “P” word. It seems a strange privatisation where council houses stay in council ownership but their management is passed to specialist, competing not-for-profit organisations who know about housing. Labour’s genius solution is to hire a new army of Town Hall bureaucrats who will have to set up a new organisation from scratch – an expensive solution that will deliver poor results. Ealing Homes is hardly a good precedent.
One of the things I am proudest of doing at Ealing is ensuring that we outsourced the councilâ€™s CEO (traffic wardens in old money). This was not out of ideology. It was simply a case of letting a company that is good at the job do the job and reaping the benefits.
In the housing case it was not as if we were even looking at a private sector solution. This is Labour’s first big mistake. One of many I fear. They have only been in power four days. Think how many cock ups they will make in four years.