Finding a solution to the housing affordability problem amid a frenetic property boom was no easy task. Willingness to challenge the neoliberal establishment is not enough. To achieve that, progressive policy makers must also possess the economic proficiency and the political acumen. This person was Joseph Bartolo.
The inability, even by the propertied class, to voice a strong and unified message in defense of their rights, reveals a disconcerting element of submission and lethargy at a popular level.
Despite the spike in prices, apartments’ safety standards have not improved. We are not paying more because we are living in safer, more comfortable units. Neither does the increase in price correspond to better design nor larger size of dwellings.
In countries with low public welfare spending such as Malta, individuals are aware that their (and their family’s) social welfare depends on the accumulation of private wealth. Therefore, the state needs to step in as a social partner.
Isles of the Left met with three members of the Research and Policy team at the Parliamentary Secretariat for Social Accommodation to discuss various aspects of the White Paper.
The past few decades have spawned a one-off transfer of wealth that is unlikely to be repeated. While the main beneficiaries of this have been the older generations, eventually this will be passed on to the next generation via inheritance or transfer. The ultimate result is not just a growing intergenerational divide, but an entrenched […]
It would be contradictory if the better off generations, strongly assisted by the State in the past, opposed or resisted any form of State intervention aimed at helping the younger ones.