(It’s not satire – it’s Nick Clegg!)
Oh-oh. Nick Clegg’s been coming out with more of his infamous doublethink again.
Doublethink – a term invented by George Orwell in his book 1984 to describe how a government can brainwash a population – is the ability to maintain two contradictory ideas in one’s head simultaneously and believe them both to be true.
The worst offender when it comes to doublethink is Nick Clegg – as he seeks to push through policies which are clearly bad for the worse-off people in society while trying to convince everyone that those same policies will actually make them better off.
An obvious example of his doublethink is when he sought to justify the massive rise in tuition fees by saying that tripling them would actually make them more affordable.
Well he’s been at it again.
The government announced today that they were going to relax the planning rules on developers having to include affordable housing in new developments.
And how did Clegg justify this?
By saying “the measures will lead to more affordable homes“.
So just to recap.
Clegg is saying developers building fewer affordable homes will lead to more affordable homes being available.
Or as Orwell would have put it:
Fewer Affordable Homes is More Affordable Homes.
You know, sometimes I think I prefer the Tories.
At least they don’t usually try to pretend what they’re doing is going to benefit anyone else but themselves*.
* (the fact that building developers are massive Conservative Party donors clearly has nothing to do with this new policy)
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