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Friday, August 12, 2011

Where do evicted council tenants go?

Wandsworth Council is trying to evict a woman whose son was involved in the recent riots. If they are successful, what do they propose doing with the woman, assuming her son is in jail? Pay expensive bed and breakfast rates or lead her to the local soup kitchen? Or maybe run her out of town? Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of the council, is pandering to the cries of the mob. He has yet to give a reasoned answer as to what he thinks should happen to this woman.

I get the impression it is just another kneejerk reaction. The reality of the situation is that the rioters were only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to anti-social behaviour. Given half a chance many more would have joined in picking up the spoils. On a spectrum of conscious pricking far more than a couple of thousand have difficulty feeling the sharpest pin.

We will only crack this bolshy retarded thinking if we meet it head on. The general gist is that most feel they have nothing to lose. Ed Miliband says its the "me first" society to blame. He's right. At least he's now aware that his participation in the New Labour scam was problematic even if he doesn't denounce it completely.

Chucking rioters' mothers out of council accommodation is only going to give ammunition to those with a propensity to cause trouble. Mr Govindia thinks he's doing a fine thing. I'm not so sure.

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