Shaun Bailey: If you want communities to accept homes, they need to be beautiful


The following is an excerpt from an interview between Mallard Chairman, Jake Scott (JS) and Shaun Bailey (SB).

The full interview is available in our print magazine, which you can purchase here. 


JS: I think one question is, why do you think government doesn’t do moral campaigns like that, about why the family is so beneficial? It does a lot of moral campaigns about smoking and that sort of thing, but it doesn’t do anything about actual life issues.

SB: Because we’ve lost that notion many, many, many years ago as a country, long before our current set of political leaders. I don’t think there’s anyone alive who’s been through that sort of idea. I mean, as a society I think we made assumptions that everybody knew that’s what it was like. Common sense, that’s call it that, that might be why it’s gone. I think if you get into moral arguments, you have to be careful because it is as easy to sell a bad moral, as it is to sell a good one, and I think governments have tried to just go straight down the line on that, but I would argue that the civil world, what makes Britain great is civil organizations and maybe they should be more robust and coming forward. But, of course, most of our loudest civilization organizations now are owned spiritually and conceptually by liberals, so they can’t talk up the families, because it’s not something they believe in.

JS: I was wondering how far you support the government’s drive towards building beautiful houses.

SB: It is essential. If you live in a community, you will not take extra houses, because it currently comes with no extra infrastructure and no idea that you or somebody you know will get any of those homes, so why would you take more homes in your community? Of course, on top of that, they end up as ugly homes; if you want communities to accept homes, they need to be beautiful, they need to have amenities, and they need to have some kind of community uplift. For the vast majority of people living in a community taking those homes, the first step of that is actually to build beautiful. We have a very, very good idea of what beautiful is, because there’s many parts of this country that are outstanding. When I ran for mayor, I talked about garden cities, people want garden cities, I would have built them, and you can you can build them properly. And if you do that, communities are much more likely to take it on.

JS: Would you consider running for Mayor again?

SB: You’d have to ask my wife.

JS: She makes the decisions, then?

Shaun Bailey: Yeah, she makes the decisions. It takes a tremendous toll on your family. Here’s how I put it: all elections are fought in unique circumstances. If I thought the circumstances were right for someone like me, it’s useful for someone like me to step forward, then I would, if I thought everybody, you know people wanted me to do it then I would consider doing it again, but it’s a wait and see thing. Let’s see what’s going on, let’s see the state of London, let’s see if I can offer London something new and fresh. The reason I picked the slogan “a fresh start” is because that’s what Londoners wanted and I embodied and represented that for them quite naturally. And if a similar thing came along that sat in the middle of my political belief beyond my party affiliations, then I would offer myself up and let my Conservative colleagues make a choice.


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