Opinion Articles

H&P encourages historians to use their expertise to shed light on issues of the day. If you are interested in submitting an opinion piece for publication, please see our editorial guidelines. We currently have 255 Opinion Articles listed by date and they are all freely searchable by theme, author or keyword.


Britain’s hundred-year housing crisis: a century of uneven spending

Peter Shapely shows how housing policy initiatives since 1919 have been sunk by the same problem of investment disappearing in lean periods, and suggests housing should be a basic constant spending priority alongside health.

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After Grenfell, what can we learn from the housing policies of the 1970s?

David Ellis suggests the 30-year-old consensus on what makes for politically acceptable housing policy may be breaking down in the way of the Grenfell disaster - opening the door to policies last employed in the 1970s.

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Lessons from the Grenfell Tower disaster: the historic failures of the state in fire safety

The role of the state in fire safety is not a settled matter - Shane Ewen shows how improved fire safety has tended to follow a preventable disaster in the past, so the lessons for policy makers, following a recent period of deregulation, should be clear.

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The Grenfell fire and the destruction of the British council estate

Sam Wetherell shows how the original unified vision of council estate architects was picked apart by housing legislation in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in the patchwork of managing bodies we see today.

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The Blitz can show us how to respond to a tragedy

Henry Irving shows that government was willing to learn lessons in 1940 about its own unprepared response to destruction and homelessness - can the government of today learn the same lessons when responding to tragedy?

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Regulating housing: neither new nor radical

Instead of lambasting Labour's proposed reforms to the private rental housing sector, critics should look to the past to understand why regulation is needed, argues Phil Child of Exeter University.

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