I wonder if the new development on Hermitage Street in Paddington, Westminster, where this picture was taken has any affordable or social housing.
And has the ongoing social cleansing of London reached Peak-Cleanse?
The Dutch had a policy in Indonesia called Transmigrasi in which they sent the Javanese all over the country in an attempt to rebalance the population.
The link between people and place is sensitive.
Conservative Party grandee Norman Tebbit famously urged Brits to leave parts of the U.K. that were in economic decline by telling them to get on their bikes.
At the same time he said that the test of how British you are is which cricket team you support – your adopted country or the colony from whence you hail.
I looked around the back of this building for poor doors and can’t say I found any.
But I don’t actually know what they would look like.
I’m guessing they will be avoiding the flashing Apartheid sign above the door.
The plaque itself stands for something entirely different. So how much joined up thinking on this has gone on here?
Many organizations policies are entirely at odds with each other. Why shouldn’t this also be the case here. Strip away the veneer and all is revealed.
As Westminster Council have repeatedly been quite happy to geographically displace its residents I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if poor doors are alive and kicking somewhere in the borough.
The recently appointed chair of the Grenfell Inquiry ruled in favour of Westminster deporting/displacing a resident to Milton Keynes. She was of African origin so in this case the social cleansing would have had an ethnic dimension.
The case was overturned at the Supreme Court but it’s hard to say it doesn’t give an idea of how the judge’s mind operates.
Cressida Dick, head of the Met and a reputed to be a Common Purpose graduate, had been made the country’s top policewoman despite presiding over the ‘bungled’ killing of Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005.
Some lawyers in Twitter have been saying that it is unfair to read anything into the displacement case.
But they would wouldn’t they?
Typical for lawyers to defend their own. I wonder what they say about the obvious whitewash when behind closed doors.