I suspect it's because it's very, very difficult to achieve, especially from where we are now. Scotland has already introduced levies on duty payable for second homes, but the horse has already bolted.Caley_Red wrote:Degrees are still worthwhile but both the subject and the institution matter more, degree median earnings have been stagnant, i believe, for ten years or so in real terms but the underlying variance is massive e.g. many students are actually worse off for earning their degree in lifetime earnings whilst others bolster theirs by 5 to 6x.I like haggis wrote: Alternatively university students and graduates are young, in unpayable debts, not much opportunity for housebuying, in a jobs market where a degree is no longer worth good jobs (any jobs with Corona), and their friends are going through the same so discuss these things. They also have a different view of what liberal is to the spectator and Douglas Murray.
University workers and teachers are primarily left wing because they're in similar positions. University work is often precarious living contract to contract. My dad worked universities as a researcher and the pressure of working grant to grant makes it not as cushy a job as you'd think. My sister is a primary school teacher and her class supplies have to be bought from a public Amazon wishlist because the school can't afford them - no surprise teachers aren't Tory minded.
The blame for the students you highlight above predominantly lies with them: there is more data on earnings and degree/institutions than there ever was and it's all a Google away. Although of course the current situation is outwith their control but so too was the financial crisis which decimated the graduate job market for a previous generation.
Just in case you think I'm some sort of old reactionary on the subject, I completed my undergrad and postgraduate in the last 10 years so have plenty of personal experience of what some of these people are going through: I worked in a pub for first 4 months after returning from postgrad. Many, particularly some arts and humanities graduates, can look forward to a lifetime of poor earnings when they'd have been much better off getting a trade- all of this could have been found out before embarking on said degree.
Not sure what your above point is to do with different interpretations of liberalism? These people pulling down statues and lobbying for fundamental change in our society are illiberal (by any interpretation of its core philosophies) and if their frustration is borne out of a lack of opportunities then it is incumbent on them to fix it themselves rather than tearing down the system.
House prices I completely agree on though, they're a national disgrace and it's continual government intervention limiting supply and priming demand which has worsened the situation. I note that the SNP's 'social justice' agenda doesn't extend to deflating the housing market, perhaps they have too much skin in the game?
You're right on the causes though. The right to buy was, in principle, one of the few Thatcher ideas I agreed with (as part of letting people control/take responsibility for their own lives and well being, and have a financial stake in their community) but it needed to be backed by continual re-investment in new housing with a view to sliding people off of social/subsidised rent and into ownership and keeping that cycle going. This didn't happen, as they blocked councils from building, and the whole thing was a disaster. It bottle-necked supply and sold to prospectors at bargain basement rates, making it all worse, not better. We're so far down that route I'm not sure how we reverse course.