I think he's not. He proposes all kinds of reformist Keynesian ideas that make everything more complication, economists do this a lot, they overcomplicate the issue to give off the impression that it's "way to complex to ever be rationally planned" when the central issue is quite simple, it's the property question. In material terms, there is already more housing available than people who look for housing or are homeless, all it takes is a single redistribution like in Cuba where every tenant just became homeowner. The state has this power.
In response to Philosophy Tube's expropriation suggesting, he starts with "according to Olly's argument, landlords have already been compensated through the rent in the past…" - like who gives a flying fuck? They are landlords. They're just gonna be expropriated, period.
He's the kind of guy that will tell you that he's a leftist and on your side but because of [insert post-Keynesian heterodox techno-babble]
you have to freeze to death next season. It's the economy, sorry!
That he uses Germany as an example is terrible. Germany has a [b]huge[/b] housing crisis, even more so than places in the United States where there low demand, it's the number one issue in Germany, the unaffordable rents.
expropriate all landlords
centrally allocate everybody a place to live
It's not that fucking hard.