Is the lack of affordable housing the reason why English majority voted to leave the EU?


Residents in England deserve to live in dignity, free from financial coercion imposed upon us by the concurrent ridiculously high cost of our accommodation.

Britain’s momentous decision to leave the European Union astonished many, immersing millions of people into bitter disappointment.

Congratulations to Mr Nigel Farage, for leading a successful Brexit campaign, by convincing most of the English and Welsh to leave the EU.

However, before long his party will soon have to change its name from the UK Independence Party to the English Independence Party, because besides threatening the future of the European Union, Brexit also threatens the future existence of seceding union, forcing Scotland and Northern Ireland to leave the United Kingdom.

Considering, that only England and Wales voted to exit the EU, Northern Ireland and Scotland will subsequently leave the United Kingdom to rejoin the EU.

Scotland will soon exit Great Britain, not because they hate the English, but because they wish to continue to sell their Scotch in Europe without the high EU import taxes.

The EU might not have accomplished much for Great Britain, but at least it managed to remove the border controls between the Irish, which in turn eased the civil unrest in this part of the UK.

To preserve unity within the EU, Brussels will have to set an explicit example and to bestow upon other member states what will happen to them if they decide to turn their backs on Brussels, it will most likely, set Great Britain as an example.

Brexit illustrates that it is the tabloid newspapers that determine our future, not the politicians the sentiment of frustration felt by the English voters, which the Mainstream Media exploited successfully.

No one has the right to blame English voters for being frustrated with increasing living costs, but one can’t accuse the EU over our previous governments’ failure to comprehend what national economic prosperity is.

Rather than being about creating new jobs, economic prosperity is measured by the ability of the British public to spend more.

Since, the year 1999, our past governments held the key to our economic prosperity, a white paper, Towards an Urban Renaissance, whereby the Urban Task Force, chaired by Lord Richard Rodgers.

It was set up by the Labour government, outlined vital recommendations for spatial planning authorities in the United Kingdom, but chose to ignore it.

One of the paper’s critical recommendations was to follow Barcelona’s example by increasing the dwelling density of existing 100 dwellings per hectare to 400 dwellings per hectare.

Sadly, this advice was never enacted by the subsequent Tory party, resulting in an enormous increase in house prices.

Consequently, the increased monthly payments for mortgage or rent, made the English became poorer, directly impacting on their well-being.

Previous British governments were content that over the last twenty-five years, they managed to keep the inflation down in the UK at +2.5%.

However, this was not the case in England whereby over the last 20 years, the accommodation cost increased by almost 400%, which implies that the real annual inflation rate is above 7.4% per year.

Twenty years ago, one could have bought a house for around £80,000 or rented it at £800 a month, whereby the same house now costs over £320,000 or is available to rent for £3,200 a month.

It appears that because the ending up receiving higher interest repayments mortgage lenders are the sole beneficiaries of the spiralling accommodation cost in the UK.

Of course, The Bank of England lowered interest rates, but whereas annual interest rates decreased by 1%, the housing prices in England increased by 20%, and average salaries increased by only 2%.

Compared to British residents in Northern Ireland and Scotland, their accommodation costs soared at levels, no longer attainable to them.

Could you imagine London hosting the Olympic Games in 2012, without securing sufficient accommodation for athletes and journalists?

This is precisely what our previous governments have done concerning the EU citizens settling in the UK.

The planning authorities in the UK failed to facilitate additional housing, resulting in a price hike of our accommodation, which impoverished the English, who in turn blamed the incoming migrants.

Because of the inconsiderate spatial planning policies, nowadays an average earning Englishman has to pay out at least 60% of their monthly income either towards their mortgage or their rent.

If No 10 Downing Street aims economic prosperity, they should urgently deliver high-density residential developments, because England’s residents deserve to live in dignity, free from financial coercion imposed upon us by the concurrent ridiculously high cost of our accommodation.

About the author

Nolan Jazimreg

Nolan Jazimreg is the author of “The Inconvenient Truth”, a highly contentious dystopian novel, which portrays the life of Isa Iri, an orphan tasked with the daunting mission of uniting the humankind through unconventional insights on happiness, freedom, democracy, religion, and ways in which heaven or hell manifest throughout our lives.

Having undergone a unique and rare life experience, Nolan Jazimreg developed a bipolar condition and setbacks that transcended him into the parallel spiritual realm, which due the “veil” bestowed upon them, most adults can’t experience.

Jazimreg was born to an award-winning TV journalist mother, whereas his father worked as Professor of Psychology at the local University.

Jazimreg spent his childhood in a communist system, then his teenage years in socialist one and his adult life in the capitalism.

Before turning 18, Jazimreg met a wonderful person who fulfilled him, but because of religious differences, he was deprived of his first love.

Jazimreg belonged to an ethnic minority and just like others who spoke the same language as did, were discriminated by his state or other individuals that were an ethnic majority.

Gradually, the ethnic tension erupted into a civil war that forced Jazimreg to flee his home and became a refugee in London.

Hoping that it might aspire younger generations to create a better, just and a peaceful world, unlike the painful one that he journeyed through, Jazimreg began inscribing his first novel that reveals unique experiences and a vision about a different civilization that could be accomplished in the future.

Coinciding with his novels, this blog reveals profound insights into how hatred infiltrates us and oppresses our adeptness to live a contented life that will instigate a comprehensive appraisal of preconceived assumptions about happiness, freedom, democracy, religion, but also heaven and hell, the neglected realms that we experience during our lifetimes, but are unaware of it.

“Being a literature major and an occasional writer myself, I am only too aware of how writers are often very shy to the point of being secretive. It is therefore amazing how Nolan Jazimreg, in his second novel, lifts the "veil" (reminiscent of Shelley's) of the "parallel spiritual realm" whereby he was "transcended" by his condition and its ensuing "setbacks". His aim, in his first novel, is truly admirable--it is to "inspire younger generations to create a better, just and peaceful world, unlike the painful one that he journeyed through". Writing these novels were acts of courage, motivated by a selfless desire to spare the generations that are to come after him, from the wrenching pain of growing up from childhood to adulthood, in 3 political systems that are worlds apart, esp. the first and the third. May we laud him for not allowing the loss of his first love and the discrimination he underwent, to embitter and disillusion him. Most people are afraid of what lies behind the "veil", esp. if, by lifting it, the truth will be revealed in all its brilliance. It takes a writer, a courageous one at that, to dare, and to look at the truth. Instead, he has taken the positive step of writing and publishing these experiences, an example some of us would do well to follow. “
Ethel David


By Nolan Jazimreg