Reading Jennifer Thompson’s, (Social Policy Development Officer at St. Vincent de Paul) essay in the Sunday Independent, 19th, November 2017, on of all pages, ANALYSIS, page 23, supposedly discussing “, Now is the time to make having a home a Constitutional Right “. a person cannot but shudder at the thought of a carbon copy of the British Britex referendum farce!
This was a golden opportunity to put forward a clear proposal as to what would be meant by the right to having a home, for the State & Government, the public, the individual Citizen. How it would be implemented in the immediate moment, the short, intermediate and long term future? Will it be totally universal to all people living in the State, or restricted to those who qualify as Citizens? will a person born a millionaire be as equally entitled as an unemployed person on the bread line? How would this Constitutional right to a home be funded, what are the tax implications of this for every citizen,? from where are the Funds to achieve the objective coming from?
It is reasonable for people to feel that those who claim to have concern for an issue of complex social, economic and political outcomes, should address the issue of the foundations of what is claimed as the answer to those issues, Least we end up with a meaningless Constitutional right to a home!