This week's Ham&High contains an editorial broadly attacking Camden Labour's (well, my) record on value for money.
Fair comment perhaps (although point-by-point wrong).
But what stands out, though, is his language about "large families" - people in over-crowded housing wanting to move into a bigger flat. Camden, like many other councils, introduced an incentive scheme in October to encourage people to downsize.
The policy is not the first of its kind: it was piloted first in Tory Westminster some time ago and is operated in most, if not all, local authorities and housing associations.
Westminster offer up to £30,000 for council tenants to move and started the scheme nearly 4 years ago - Camden is actually late here, not a groundbreaker.
That doesn't matter for Geoff:
"with all the emphasis on saving money, I wonder what role he [me, Cabinet member for Finance] played in dreaming up the idea that council tenants should be offered thousands of pounts (upto £25,000 in fact) to move out of properties which have become too big for them. This is an attempt to find more suitable accommodation for nearly 800 families who need a home with five or more bedrooms (I thought that kind of social housing problem had died out with the invention of the pill)."
Before you say: "Imagine that - a Labour council helping skivers, just popping out kids, wanting flats...someone needs to do something about that...!" let's not let the facts get in the way:
- More than 5,000 households in Camden are living in overcrowded conditions and 798 are waiting for a home with five bedrooms or more.
- Last year, just one five-bedroom home became available for letting in the borough.
- Overcrowding is the cause of poor educational attainment, poor health and family breakdown.
- By easing overcrowding the taxpayer saves substantial amounts of money on bills for temporary accommodation in the private rented sector.
See the Full e-edition Editorial here (you don't have to 'sign up').
Presumably for some Geoff is a "freethinker", others will say it's ugly attack on on families - and children - who don't deserve his prejudiced views.