‘Britain needs more slums’

The answer to the nation’s housing crisis? “Britain needs more slums.” But now the Adam Smith Institute has been forced to defend an Oxford student whose proposal to introduce favela-style living into the UK provoked death threats on social media.

In a blog published on the libertarian think-tank’s website, Theo Clifford, a Philosophy, Politics and Economics student at Merton College, Oxford, proposed sweeping away safety regulations to allow the creation of jerry-built slum dwellings designed for those who enjoy living cheek-by-jowl with their fellow poverty stricken.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Theo Clifford deserved death threats for that one.
    Lets bring back cholera while were at it too.
    I hear the Great London Plague of 1666 was a hoot as well.

    • Yea, he really should be publicly tied up & pissed on.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        An “unregulated” pissing at that! 😉

    • Icebow

      Perhaps it was an anti-Corbyn wind up, a bit like Swift’s ‘Modest Proposal’.

  • pop

    It will have slums.. So many illegals.

  • eMan14

    More slums… what could go wrong with that?

    • Clausewitz

      Yeah, the murder rate in the Favela’s of Brazil put the Chicago rates to shame. The only difference is that in Brazil no one reports murders in Favela’s.

  • Dana Garcia

    Brazil is the national model elites like. Lots of poor, all jammed together. Middle class citizens are far too independent.

  • Shebel

    Slums are an ‘Upgrade’ for migrants. So are ghettos.
    Am I wrong?

    • Norman_In_New_York

      They certainly wouldn’t discourage the channel tunnel invaders.

      • Shebel

        Why do Countries waste money on an Immigration Ministry ?
        Why wait for years to do things legally ?
        I don’t get it.

  • tom_billesley
  • Brett_McS

    What Britain needs, Britain gets.

  • Malcolm Y

    Tyler Cowen, an American, has written editorials for the Wall Street Journal and writes for Marginal Revolution.

    He says that only 10 to 15 per cent of the population are gifted enough to advance into a prosperous future and the remaining 85 to 90 per cent of losers will have to learn to live in shanty towns with subsistence level wages or on handouts from their betters. This split of the population into an elite and the losers will continue since they will only breed within their own groups.

    In fact I think he suggests we peons learn to live like mexicans. He helpfully provides some tasty bean recipes on his web site to help the losers stretch their budgets.

    • tom_billesley

      Morlocks and Eloi