Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

Gideon’s Dictionary: Spare Bedroom

Every emperor, or prospective emperor, has to give the appearance of having “the common touch”. In view of the restricted background of our potential new emperor, I offer him a dictionary in the hope that studying it will help him understand the people he wishes to rule.

Spare Bedroom

  1. (n) A room in a home that is not normally occupied – and thus available for occupation by overnight guests. Popular amongst parents as a means of trying to ensure visiting boyfriends sleep in an appropriate place. Also used as:
    • a workroom for entrepreneurs, or
    • a quiet place in which schoolchildren can study, or
    • a music room, or
    • a place to store items such as boxes (hence box room), gym equipment, disability assistance equipment
  2. (n – obscure – social rented housing only) A liability which instead of offering the social advantages listed above is used as a coercive means to make people in socially rented property (see Rent) move houses – which can also disrupt social networks and children’s schooling.
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