Guardian Columnists – Only Happy About ‘Progress’ If It’s Their Favoured Type Of Progress…

July 18, 2013 3 Comments
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Daisy Buchanan would like to be able to tell you how to spend your money:

A wealthy nightclub owner creates a high-end apartment complex for a group of equally wealthy, attractive, fun-loving young people in their 20s and 30s. Residents are selected according to their perceived “coolness”. City workers are banned.

Doesn’t sound like my cup of tea. But, each to their own. I’m not being forced to buy one.

The number of Londoners under 40 who don’t work in finance and could afford to stump up £800,000 for a one-bed flat probably wouldn’t fill a corner of the proposed pilates roof deck. But even if I were rich, and cool enough, to qualify, I’d still rather live in a cupboard above a chicken shop in Streatham.

And no-one’s stopping you, should that be your choice.

Communities are organic things that won’t simply evolve by creating an upmarket halls of residence and forcing everyone to bond over their Amex Centurion cards.

True enough, though a strange admission. I thought the Left were only too keen on forcing integration and community. In fact, they devote considerable time and sums of (other people’s) money to it, given half a chance.

But then, I thought they weren’t in favour of disparaging language, either, and some of the comments made about the potential buyers of these flats would be yanked by the mods before they’d even finished typing them were they said about other races or creeds…

The scheme may seem silly, but it highlights a much more serious problem.

Oh, of course. Don’t they always?

The housing charity, Centrepoint, has warned that the lack of affordable housing for young people will hit crisis point by 2021.Their research suggests that 934,388 more properties are needed at sub-market rate – of those, 183,333 will be needed in London alone.

So you’re upset that housing is being built for those who, in your view, don’t ‘deserve it’?

But they are going to live somewhere. And if they aren’t taking up space in this area, they might be taking up space in another, and then you’ll be complaining about ‘gentrification’, won’t you?

Residents of Rushcroft Road in Brixton are facing eviction next week, as Lambeth council plans to sell the space to property developers such as Foxtons. According to speakers at last week’s Occupy Foxtons rally, one resident facing eviction had lived in the area for 32 years. London’s property developers aren’t creating new, vibrant communities – they’re tearing them down and replacing them with homogenised, sanitised spaces where real homes once stood.

Because the homes of the people Daisy looks down on don’t contain ‘real people’…

A minority of people might not balk at the price tag for “cool” neighbours and an on-site climbing wall, but they’re not just spending their own money. They’re paying with the homes and lives of people who are powerless against the economic forces that drive them from their own communities.

So, no-one should be allowed to spend their own money until they’ve checked it with you personally?

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3 Responses to Guardian Columnists – Only Happy About ‘Progress’ If It’s Their Favoured Type Of Progress…

  1. mona
    July 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Now you know why guns are illegal

  2. July 19, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I understand, from an impeccable source, that “God’s Mansions” has many quite smart one bedroom flats. The selection criteria for occupants are quite tough too but once in you have the place for as long as ever. But down the road a bit there is an estate overcrowded with lefties where they will take anyone at all, no questions asked. No chance of eviction.

  3. Errol
    July 19, 2013 at 7:09 am

    That last paragraph doesn’t make sense. The new homes *are* being bought with their own money. The old neighbourhood is being rebuilt with private money and then sold again – a percentage of which *must* be social housing and, as no one else will be abel to afford it, the rest will be bought as well and the lot turned into a ghetto.

    It doesn’t follow. The columnist makes no sense. We don’t need ‘affordable homes’ we need a market for housing which isn’t distorted by the state swooping in and fixing the house price. What might terrify Guardian columnists is the reason we need more homes is simply because far too many people have turned up in the UK and sat their podgy, illiterate, innumerate backsides down without asking our permission. The birth rate was falling. The Left reversed this, now look at the chaos.

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