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Luke Murphy

Luke Muprhy is former political adviser to the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and former senior policy adviser to the Shadow Housing Minister. He tweets at @LukeSMurphy.

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Osborne the builder? On housing, the reality doesn’t match the rhetoric

Luke Murphy

Few of the chancellor’s recent financial statements have passed without a big housing announcement. They follow a familiar pattern. Big numbers are trailed overnight. “Osborne the builder” headlines follow the next morning, accompanied by pictures of the chancellor in a hard hat and high vis. Further scrutiny soon shows the reality doesn’t match the government’s…