MICHAEL CLIFFORD: We’re housing a back to future problem

Fixity of tenure is a bit of a joke in this country, writes Michael Clifford.

IS THE world en route back to the future? In the UK they want a return to some time around the 1970s, when Johnny Foreigner knew his place and Britannia still had a role as something approaching a global superpower.

In the USA, the idealised time from the past is the 1950s. America was still largely white, minorities were shoved off to the sidelines, and prosperity was regarded as an article of faith for the white man and his family.

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