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All That Is Solid ➶ [Read] ➲ All That Is Solid By Danny Dorling ➾ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market In this groundbreaking new book Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining i Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market In this groundbreaking new book Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times Tracing how we got to our current crisis and how housing has come to reflect class and wealth in Britain All That Is Solid radically shows that the solution to our problems rising homelessness a generation priced out of home ownership is not as is All That Kindle - widely assumed building homes Ineuality he argues is what we really need to overcome.

  • Hardcover
  • All That Is Solid
  • Danny Dorling
  • English
  • 23 August 2014

About the Author: Danny Dorling

wwwworldmapperorgHe has published with many colleagues than a dozen books on issues related to social ineualities in Britain and several hundred journal papers Much of this work is available open access and will be added to this website soonHis work concerns issues of housing health employment education and poverty Danny was employed as a play worker in children’s summer play schemes He learnt the ethos of pre school education where the underlying rationale was that playing is learning for living He tries All That Kindle - not to forget this He is an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers and a patron of Roadpeace the national charity for road crash victims.



10 thoughts on “All That Is Solid

  1. Anna Anna says:

    Well this is a deeply enraging book I recommend looking at pictures of happy dogs in order to promote calm after finishing it Housing is an especially vexed issue for me as I used to work in local government in the time BC Before Crisis Before Coalition I had access to a lot of housing data and worked on issues relating to new housing development as well as having a wise colleague who taught me huge amounts about the operation of the housing system Prior to the crisis it was clear that there were major problems with housing in the UK Apart from anything else I was living in a slummy shared rental managed by an actively malign rental agency That said my rent was 25% lower than it is 5 years later despite now living in another slummy shared rental further out of the centre of the same city At least my current rental agents are only passively malign When the crisis hit there was massive concern in local government about the sudden cessation of new house building sometimes uite literally in the middle of construction It was clear that a new approach to housing policy was needed to respond to the crisis and the underlying problems which it exacerbated Then the Coalition got in and every single housing policy they came up with did the opposite of what was needed My colleagues and I used to read aloud press releases from the Department of Communities and Local Government asking each other “Don’t they realise what will happen?” If Eric Pickles et al did realise they did not care about the homelessness housing insecurity and affordability crises they were encouraging Moreover Mr Pickles’ department cut all funding for my colleagues and I so we were made redundant en masse I took refuge in postgraduate education and began teaching undergraduates about housing not without a certain bitter tone My PhD isn’t about housing though as three years of sustained intense anger would have given me ulcers This extensive preamble is to set the context for my reading this book and my lack of neutrality on its subject matter 'All that is Solid' did not tell me a great deal that I didn’t already know and thus I found the initial chapters somewhat slow and meandering Personally I would have structured a book of this kind a bit differently perhaps based on the housing tenures or the roles played by housing shelter real estate investment etc Nonetheless Dorling is a powerful writer and marshals an impressive breadth of information I wasn’t as impressed by ‘All that is Solid’ as Injustice Why social ineuality persists an earlier book of his which I highly recommend The main theme is the same though Dorling traces the current UK housing crisis to the growth of ineuality since the 1980s One of his key points which I have not seen much discussion of elsewhere is that there are considerably bedrooms than there are people in the UK Thus to speak of a housing shortage conceals the uneual distribution of not just housing but the space within it He also discusses Britain’s appallingly feudal distribution of land ownership which I also teach undergraduates aboutThe book’s themes coalesced effectively as it went on culminating in a powerful ending Dorling takes a pleasingly pragmatic approach to policy solutions Rather than relying on small scale change co housing projects and the like he advocates legal changes that would alter people’s rights to housing and the power balance between landlords tenants He sees speculative investment in housing as anathema which should not be so radical a view given the disastrous chaos of the 20078 financial meltdown Major reform of council tax perhaps including the introduction of a land value tax is also suggested The current council tax system is appallingly regressive Dorling also deplores the punitive and cruel cuts to benefits such as the bedroom tax The most upsetting parts of the book discuss how the Coalition has targeted the most vulnerable removing their safety net against homelessness Dorling connects this to increasing death rates amongst the elderly a correlation I hadn’t come across beforeI highly recommend this book and on balance am glad that I read it as Dorling had a constructive and interesting set of policy approaches to suggest that might improve the situation Unfortunately hell will freeze over before the Coalition would contemplate any of them We must hope for a humane and less ideologically blinkered government after the coming election With housing I find that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing From my academic and professional experience I understand why my living situations since I left home have been increasingly expensive yet of consistently poor uality I understand why I’ve lived with mouldy walls malfunctioning white goods overcrowding astronomical energy bills due to absent insulation arbitrary fees insecure tenancies tiny rooms and worn Ikea 'furnishings' Yet this understanding is the very opposite of consolation I don’t aspire to own a home and rent from the bank rather than an absent landlord as the only obvious advantage would be non magnolia walls Dorling makes abundantly clear that the current housing system works in the favour of a rich minority and disadvantages everybody else to a greater or lesser degree Contemplating all this for any length of time inclines me to become a hermit and live in a yurt somewhere Or perhaps move to Scotland where many of the creative fees contract fees inventory fees administrative fees etc levied by rental agents are now illegalOf course I am one of the lucky ones I can afford my rent as it’s only about 40% of my income Compared to many I am well housed Still it’s terrible how much the housing situation has deteriorated in past few decades For my generation living somewhere with decent insulation adeuate space and no mould problem is a major ambition I am two weeks away from my thirtieth birthday and have never rented anywhere that combined those three basic attributes Such luxury only exists at the most unaffordable end of the rental market And I don’t even live in London which takes the housing problems of other British urban areas to hyperbolic extremes Although I haven’t said much about the book if you've waded through my rancor then I can safely recommend it to you To conclude here is a uote that sets the current housing crisis neatly in wider contextWhat each generation spends most of its money on changes over time Our grandparents spent far on food than on housing; our parents often spent on cars than on housing We however spend on housing than on anything else Our children may on average spend on education unless they can stop that particular bubble from forming but that is a subject for a future book

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    A Karl Marx Freidrich Engels uote has inspired two book titles this year Soviet set novel All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon and this exposé of the British housing crisis The problem is not a dearth of housing Dorling notes but the inefficient distribution of that housing – usually due to wealth ineuality There are plenty of properties to go around yet suatting and homelessness remain perpetual problems In addition Britain has some of Europe’s smallest new build houses with noticeably tiny rooms and this can have a surprisingly major psychological effect on inhabitants Nor does it help that council tax is heavily weighted against those in modest dwellings and that the so called “bedroom tax” penalizes those on welfare benefits if they are found to have a spare room“When rents are as high as they are in Britain today most people who rent simply have to choose the least bad home they are offered” That uote certainly struck a chord for me; for over six years now my husband and I have been stuck in a vicious cycle of renting non ideal properties that still end up costing nearly above our means Ironically “those who are most adversely affected by housing policy believe they have little power to alter politics And usually they are right” I’m not a citizen so I can’t vote; my husband can and does vote but his dissenting opinion has little bearing on local elections dominated by the Conservative Party“Housing should be about the long term about provision not profit” Amen Among the solutions Dorling suggests are the following increased wages rent control incremental council tax bands all the way up to Z the decriminalization of suatting and second homes being taxed at a much higher rate But all of these practical changes imply a much greater societal shift a change of heart and of focus for a government that is currently as far as we can tell by and for the richThis is a very important book one I hope will be influential among academics and lawmakers Some of the details of economics and demographics passed me by which is why I skimmed it rather than reading the whole thing Owen Hatherley reviewing the book in the Guardian calls it an “avalanche of graphs statistics and stories of housing misery” but I wholeheartedly agree with the message and laud Dorling’s courage and clarity

  3. Rich Burt Rich Burt says:

    Whilst I totally am on side with the authors politics the incredible depth of research is often poorly presented in rambling and repetitive chapters I read another review that the delivery is akin to someone having a rant in a pub and at times it does come across a bit like that Still it's a very enlightening book and I'd recommend it for its factual content

  4. Shane Brownie Shane Brownie says:

    Very disappointed with this Poor bordering on misleading use of evidence and charts Was hoping to see a robust argument but came away with opinion on selective statistics

  5. Siobhan Markwell Siobhan Markwell says:

    Dorling exposes the toll that unaffordable housing is taking on our communities and national life He convincingly challenges the myths that perpetuate the status uo I would have liked to see an additional chapter documenting developments since it was published in 2014 and a bit depth on the role that international money laundering via London's bricks and mortar plays in keeping the housing bubble inflated Otherwise I think he should be essential reading for every A level student and undergraduate in the land as it is they who will be paying the real price of the avaricious dishonest behaviour of the present generation of property owners and landlords

  6. Ietrio Ietrio says:

    The main idea is rather simple take power from the people and push that power to the chosen ones the bureaucrats like Dorling Never mind that the current situation is precisely the result of a century of Dorlings making the choices for the people Like in the Soviet Union the ideal Dorlin society is the one without unemployment everybody works and than people eat though their representatives

  7. Anna Lavery Anna Lavery says:

    Informative book which makes your blood boil A book everyone in the UK should read Could be concise Also screw rent controls just abolish landlords

  8. Amy Amy says:

    Interesting book that is enlightening and certainly gave me a different perspective The incredible growth in house prices is incredible and concerning The writer is anticipating a crash but 3 years on there is no sign except at the super high end of the London market I did get a little frustrated as the book went on It is a little repetitive and one 'stat' about half way though the book sounded incredulous For the first time whilst reading the book i checked the source and it was the Daily Mail Seriously? This then made me uestion the book a lot as this is not a credible source and it was ironic that a few pages later the author was slamming the Daily Mail for its criticism of a UN rapporteur from memory I'm glad I read the book and it has definitely had an impact on me but the book could be about half the length and I'm not convinced by all the arguments

  9. Kazimiera pendrey Kazimiera pendrey says:

    this was very interesting book it made me realise how little i knew about the realities of the soldiers when they landed on the beaches the personal stories of people and what a great loss of life there was i would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the second world war and the personal stories of people who lived through it

  10. Nick Nick says:

    Overall OK Most of the points are well made and hard to disagree with Though I did flinch at times when I did strongly disagree with some of the correlations and causations I can't remember which parts exactly

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10 thoughts on “All That Is Solid

  1. Anna Anna says:

    Well this is a deeply enraging book I recommend looking at pictures of happy dogs in order to promote calm after finishing it Housing is an especially vexed issue for me as I used to work in local government in the time BC Before Crisis Before Coalition I had access to a lot of housing data and worked on issues relating to new housing development as well as having a wise colleague who taught me huge amounts about the operation of the housing system Prior to the crisis it was clear that there were major problems with housing in the UK Apart from anything else I was living in a slummy shared rental managed by an actively malign rental agency That said my rent was 25% lower than it is 5 years later despite now living in another slummy shared rental further out of the centre of the same city At least my current rental agents are only passively malign When the crisis hit there was massive concern in local government about the sudden cessation of new house building sometimes uite literally in the middle of construction It was clear that a new approach to housing policy was needed to respond to the crisis and the underlying problems which it exacerbated Then the Coalition got in and every single housing policy they came up with did the opposite of what was needed My colleagues and I used to read aloud press releases from the Department of Communities and Local Government asking each other “Don’t they realise what will happen?” If Eric Pickles et al did realise they did not care about the homelessness housing insecurity and affordability crises they were encouraging Moreover Mr Pickles’ department cut all funding for my colleagues and I so we were made redundant en masse I took refuge in postgraduate education and began teaching undergraduates about housing not without a certain bitter tone My PhD isn’t about housing though as three years of sustained intense anger would have given me ulcers This extensive preamble is to set the context for my reading this book and my lack of neutrality on its subject matter 'All that is Solid' did not tell me a great deal that I didn’t already know and thus I found the initial chapters somewhat slow and meandering Personally I would have structured a book of this kind a bit differently perhaps based on the housing tenures or the roles played by housing shelter real estate investment etc Nonetheless Dorling is a powerful writer and marshals an impressive breadth of information I wasn’t as impressed by ‘All that is Solid’ as Injustice Why social ineuality persists an earlier book of his which I highly recommend The main theme is the same though Dorling traces the current UK housing crisis to the growth of ineuality since the 1980s One of his key points which I have not seen much discussion of elsewhere is that there are considerably bedrooms than there are people in the UK Thus to speak of a housing shortage conceals the uneual distribution of not just housing but the space within it He also discusses Britain’s appallingly feudal distribution of land ownership which I also teach undergraduates aboutThe book’s themes coalesced effectively as it went on culminating in a powerful ending Dorling takes a pleasingly pragmatic approach to policy solutions Rather than relying on small scale change co housing projects and the like he advocates legal changes that would alter people’s rights to housing and the power balance between landlords tenants He sees speculative investment in housing as anathema which should not be so radical a view given the disastrous chaos of the 20078 financial meltdown Major reform of council tax perhaps including the introduction of a land value tax is also suggested The current council tax system is appallingly regressive Dorling also deplores the punitive and cruel cuts to benefits such as the bedroom tax The most upsetting parts of the book discuss how the Coalition has targeted the most vulnerable removing their safety net against homelessness Dorling connects this to increasing death rates amongst the elderly a correlation I hadn’t come across beforeI highly recommend this book and on balance am glad that I read it as Dorling had a constructive and interesting set of policy approaches to suggest that might improve the situation Unfortunately hell will freeze over before the Coalition would contemplate any of them We must hope for a humane and less ideologically blinkered government after the coming election With housing I find that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing From my academic and professional experience I understand why my living situations since I left home have been increasingly expensive yet of consistently poor uality I understand why I’ve lived with mouldy walls malfunctioning white goods overcrowding astronomical energy bills due to absent insulation arbitrary fees insecure tenancies tiny rooms and worn Ikea 'furnishings' Yet this understanding is the very opposite of consolation I don’t aspire to own a home and rent from the bank rather than an absent landlord as the only obvious advantage would be non magnolia walls Dorling makes abundantly clear that the current housing system works in the favour of a rich minority and disadvantages everybody else to a greater or lesser degree Contemplating all this for any length of time inclines me to become a hermit and live in a yurt somewhere Or perhaps move to Scotland where many of the creative fees contract fees inventory fees administrative fees etc levied by rental agents are now illegalOf course I am one of the lucky ones I can afford my rent as it’s only about 40% of my income Compared to many I am well housed Still it’s terrible how much the housing situation has deteriorated in past few decades For my generation living somewhere with decent insulation adeuate space and no mould problem is a major ambition I am two weeks away from my thirtieth birthday and have never rented anywhere that combined those three basic attributes Such luxury only exists at the most unaffordable end of the rental market And I don’t even live in London which takes the housing problems of other British urban areas to hyperbolic extremes Although I haven’t said much about the book if you've waded through my rancor then I can safely recommend it to you To conclude here is a uote that sets the current housing crisis neatly in wider contextWhat each generation spends most of its money on changes over time Our grandparents spent far on food than on housing; our parents often spent on cars than on housing We however spend on housing than on anything else Our children may on average spend on education unless they can stop that particular bubble from forming but that is a subject for a future book

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    A Karl Marx Freidrich Engels uote has inspired two book titles this year Soviet set novel All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon and this exposé of the British housing crisis The problem is not a dearth of housing Dorling notes but the inefficient distribution of that housing – usually due to wealth ineuality There are plenty of properties to go around yet suatting and homelessness remain perpetual problems In addition Britain has some of Europe’s smallest new build houses with noticeably tiny rooms and this can have a surprisingly major psychological effect on inhabitants Nor does it help that council tax is heavily weighted against those in modest dwellings and that the so called “bedroom tax” penalizes those on welfare benefits if they are found to have a spare room“When rents are as high as they are in Britain today most people who rent simply have to choose the least bad home they are offered” That uote certainly struck a chord for me; for over six years now my husband and I have been stuck in a vicious cycle of renting non ideal properties that still end up costing nearly above our means Ironically “those who are most adversely affected by housing policy believe they have little power to alter politics And usually they are right” I’m not a citizen so I can’t vote; my husband can and does vote but his dissenting opinion has little bearing on local elections dominated by the Conservative Party“Housing should be about the long term about provision not profit” Amen Among the solutions Dorling suggests are the following increased wages rent control incremental council tax bands all the way up to Z the decriminalization of suatting and second homes being taxed at a much higher rate But all of these practical changes imply a much greater societal shift a change of heart and of focus for a government that is currently as far as we can tell by and for the richThis is a very important book one I hope will be influential among academics and lawmakers Some of the details of economics and demographics passed me by which is why I skimmed it rather than reading the whole thing Owen Hatherley reviewing the book in the Guardian calls it an “avalanche of graphs statistics and stories of housing misery” but I wholeheartedly agree with the message and laud Dorling’s courage and clarity

  3. Rich Burt Rich Burt says:

    Whilst I totally am on side with the authors politics the incredible depth of research is often poorly presented in rambling and repetitive chapters I read another review that the delivery is akin to someone having a rant in a pub and at times it does come across a bit like that Still it's a very enlightening book and I'd recommend it for its factual content

  4. Shane Brownie Shane Brownie says:

    Very disappointed with this Poor bordering on misleading use of evidence and charts Was hoping to see a robust argument but came away with opinion on selective statistics

  5. Siobhan Markwell Siobhan Markwell says:

    Dorling exposes the toll that unaffordable housing is taking on our communities and national life He convincingly challenges the myths that perpetuate the status uo I would have liked to see an additional chapter documenting developments since it was published in 2014 and a bit depth on the role that international money laundering via London's bricks and mortar plays in keeping the housing bubble inflated Otherwise I think he should be essential reading for every A level student and undergraduate in the land as it is they who will be paying the real price of the avaricious dishonest behaviour of the present generation of property owners and landlords

  6. Ietrio Ietrio says:

    The main idea is rather simple take power from the people and push that power to the chosen ones the bureaucrats like Dorling Never mind that the current situation is precisely the result of a century of Dorlings making the choices for the people Like in the Soviet Union the ideal Dorlin society is the one without unemployment everybody works and than people eat though their representatives

  7. Anna Lavery Anna Lavery says:

    Informative book which makes your blood boil A book everyone in the UK should read Could be concise Also screw rent controls just abolish landlords

  8. Amy Amy says:

    Interesting book that is enlightening and certainly gave me a different perspective The incredible growth in house prices is incredible and concerning The writer is anticipating a crash but 3 years on there is no sign except at the super high end of the London market I did get a little frustrated as the book went on It is a little repetitive and one 'stat' about half way though the book sounded incredulous For the first time whilst reading the book i checked the source and it was the Daily Mail Seriously? This then made me uestion the book a lot as this is not a credible source and it was ironic that a few pages later the author was slamming the Daily Mail for its criticism of a UN rapporteur from memory I'm glad I read the book and it has definitely had an impact on me but the book could be about half the length and I'm not convinced by all the arguments

  9. Kazimiera pendrey Kazimiera pendrey says:

    this was very interesting book it made me realise how little i knew about the realities of the soldiers when they landed on the beaches the personal stories of people and what a great loss of life there was i would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the second world war and the personal stories of people who lived through it

  10. Nick Nick says:

    Overall OK Most of the points are well made and hard to disagree with Though I did flinch at times when I did strongly disagree with some of the correlations and causations I can't remember which parts exactly

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