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In this week's 'Sideways' slot Sue Jones takes a look at the possibility of controlling landlords who exploit the lack of housing to put rents up too high or evict people to get other tenants in who can pay more. As a former Citizens Advice Bureau worker she's seen how much mental anguish and stress can come from not having a secure home. Several times in the last 100 years rent controls have been introduced by the government which enable anyone who believes they are being overcharged to apply to their local authority to have a look and if necessary the landlord is told they have legally to reduce the rent to a fair level. Some of the reasons for the lack of housing, such as immigration and simple lack of building new homes are discussed as is Shelter's attempt to extend tenancies and the Scottish initiative to limit rent rises.
Pete Woods lives in Somerset, and also spends a lot of time in South America, and this week explains why indigenous Columbians believe feminism is being used to divide societies in Latin America. He also takes us through the exploits of South American socialist and liberation hero Simon Bolivar after whom the country of Bolivia is named and explains he really was a 'man of the people'. The idea that Cuba is tolerated by the United States as a kind of 'controlled opposition' is also explored.
In the final one of three pieces from the National Civil War Centre Richard Darn, from the English Civil War museum in Newark, Nottinghamshire, relates the gruesome story of one Royalist casualty John Hussey from Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire who died defending Gainsborough.