New Labour embraced the “light-touch regulation” model and that Labour council was rightly blamed.
That’s why New Labour needs to be buried and Corbyn is burying it.
But bad as New Labour were, the Tories were always a hundred times worse.
The “light-touch regulation” model is at the very heart of Tory policy and always has been. Light touch regulation means shit or no regulation. We’ve seen this type of thing before. The Berkeley balcony disaster springs to mind.
As well as that, it’s a cultural and class thing.
At best, the Tories don’t care about poor people. At worst, they actively despise them and work to make their lives as miserable as they possibly can.
I thought it was a lovely irony that one of the Tory landlords that voted against the Labour amendment to make rented accommodation “fit for human habitation” had the surname Trevelyan.