Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party in the U.K., is calling for the government to seize homes owned by private citizens and redistribute them to disaster victims.
In the wake of the massive tragedy in Grenfell Towers, which claimed the lives of anywhere between 30 and 70 people, Corbyn is now calling for the government to forcibly confiscate empty houses that are privately owned, but not currently being lived in, and redistribute them to the displaced victims of the fire.
The government has already committed to rehousing the victims of the fire; however, Corbyn, who's been a member of Parliament since 1983, doesn't seem to think that's enough.
"The ward where this fire took place is, I think, the poorest ward in the whole country and properties must be found - requisitioned if necessary - to make sure those residents do get re-housed locally," Corbyn said.
As reported by the Telegraph, Corbyn added that vacant properties owned by rich people, such as real estate investments and future retirement homes, should be forcibly taken from them and given to the poor.
“It can’t be acceptable that in London, we have luxury buildings and luxury flats left empty as land banking for the future while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live. We have to address these issues.”
By Corbyn's logic, there are two parts of the city: one rich, the other poor. He claims that it’s not right for wealthy people to own multiple properties when the people of Grenfell Towers have nowhere to live.
This brings to mind a line from Karl Marx: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
Perhaps the Labor Minister is a fan of the Communist movement, which has already crippled so many.