Jeremy Corbyn Wants to Requisition Homes of the Rich for Fire Survivors Like Churchill Did in WWII
Publisher: The Intercept
Date Written: 20/07/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21067
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has a bold proposal to house the survivors of a devastating fire at London's Grenfell Tower apartment complex in empty luxury homes.
For some, this included giving up their property. To help bear the brunt of the Nazi war machine, the British government requisitioned both industrial and residential properties to accommodate soldiers and evacuees, run makeshift schools and hospitals, and train the military, among other uses. As the U.K.'s National Archives website notes, "14.5 million acres of land, 25 million square feet of industrial and storage premises and 113,350 non-industrial premises were requisitioned during the Second World War. The War Office alone requisitioned 580,847 acres between 1939 and 1946."