Today is the big day of the Green party campaign launch. So, naturally, the Green leader Natalie Bennett took part in a series of live radio discussions this morning about her party’s manifesto. What could have possibly gone wrong?
Here’s a snippet of the interview, transcribed before this mole could listen no longer:
(Nick Ferrari – NF/ Natalie Bennett – NB)
NF – The third key theme is that the Greens will ensure everyone has a secure, affordable place to live – how would that be brought about?
NB- Well – a couple of things we want to focus on here. In terms of council housing we want to build 500,000 new social rent homes…
NF – Good Lord. Where will you get the money from for that?
NB- Well what we want to do is fund that particularly by removing the tax relief on mortgage interest for private landlords. We have a situation where private landlords at the moment… basically running away with the situation of hugely rising rents, collecting large amounts of housing benefits
NF- But how much would that be worth – the mortgage relief for private landlords?
NB – Erm, well, it’s, that’s part of the whole costing of all of this…
NF – The cost of 500,000 homes – let’s start with that – how much is that going to be?
NB – Right, well that’s erm… you’ve got a total cost um that will be spelt out in our manifesto…
NF- So you don’t know?
NB – [Inaudible response]
NF – No you don’t, right.
NF – So we don’t know how much those homes are going to cost but the way it’s going to be funded is mortgage relief from private landlords – how much is that worth?
NB – Right, what – what we’re looking at, in terms of the figures here um – what we need to do is actually [silence] er… we’re looking at a total spend of 2. 7 [pause] billion…
NF – 500,000 – 2.7 billion – what are they made of, plywood?
NB – Um, basically, what we’re talking about is 500,000 new homes and each £1 spent on these brings back £2.40
No – but what is the total cost of 500,000 new homes?