In the photograph above pictured with John Healey MP and Jeremy Corbyn MP is Cllr Matthew Bennett Housing Management Board Officers (Chair). The last being one of the people responsible for deciding that Cressingham Gardens must be demolished in favour of higher density housing or in my words to build expensive flats next to a park.

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Sceaux Gardens Camberwell

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“You’ve got the Leader of the Opposition coming on the programme as a kind of victor and you’ve got the Prime Minister who’s supposed to have won the election, in hiding.”

George Osborne speaking on The Andrew Marr Show

“Even if he hasn’t won, he has publicly destroyed the logic of neoliberalism – and forced the ideology of xenophobic nationalist economics into retreat.”

Paul Mason in the Guardian

I am thrilled that Jeremy Corbyn did so well in last Thursday’s election and pleased that so many former Parliamentary critics of his have had the good grace to wish him well and say they were wrong about his prospects.

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Following the “debate” last night which, incidentally, I think Jeremy Corbyn won hands down,

I found this. It makes chilling watching. I recommend you watch it and make up your own mind.

Far from being subsidised by the state, the rents on most post-war estates paid off the cost of their construction and debt interest years ago, and are in fact making a profit for councils and housing associations. It is the Right to Buy council homes, the Help to Buy affordable housing, the housing benefit paid to private landlords, …


Read the whole thing, all the ten points. I know ASH have made enemies but they mostly get it right and I respect their intentions. The Guardian not publishing the ten points says more about the Guardian’s rightward drift than it does about ASH.

How the media distort Left and Right

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This compilation of clips from last night’s Question Time deserves to be more widely seen and so I’m posting it here. Each one of the contributors makes a valid point about how reasonable the Corbyn manifesto is in historical terms and why it ought to be supported.

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This is so good I’m copying from the Guardian with a link to the full article …

The great turning points in terms of UK General Elections were 1945 and 1979. The Attlee victory in 1945 ushered in a new era of public ownership and state intervention as the UK sought to rebuild the nation after a decade and a half of war and depression. The country was shattered, exhausted, its economy broken, its infrastructure in tatters. Workers were in no mood to return to the pre-war days of the 1930’s and were demanding a better deal, a land fit for heroes. … read on

I agree with every word of it and encourage anybody thinking of voting Tory to think again. John Crace already calls May Kim-Jong-May and for good reason. She decided on an election the day after Erdogan won his narrow victory in Turkey. Coincidence or not?

Southwark News reports that leaseholders in Peckham are facing a large bill for major works. This has always been one of the downsides of being either a first (got the discount) or second generation (didn’t get the discount) right to buy leaseholder. I made a comment below the article in the hope of starting a discussion but this hasn’t happened and so I’m going to repeat the comment here:-

“Refund those leaseholders who so choose the money they paid for the flats in the first place and change their terms back to those of a council tenant. Both parties gain. The leaseholder gets a lump sum, keeps their home and the council gets a property back on their books.”

That’s what I think. This is a very clear cut and specific case. This is not like regeneration where a leaseholder tackles a loss of home and the estate, this is a case where there ought to be (in my opinion) a straight foward buy back option by the council so that a leaseholder not able to afford the major works bill can return to being a council tenant by a refund of the money they paid for the flat.

The alternative is worse in that they would probably be repossessed and made homeless and I fear an application to the council for emergency housing under those circumstances might go badly.

The whole thing is a mess created by right to buy but we are where we are.

Peckham estate leaseholders to be hit with £115,000 ‘major works’ bills by council

Jules and Geordie on a bench in Regents Park in London

The character who seems to me the least successful and yet most likeable is Geordie played by Daniel Craig, who by accident or design is a drifter. Of the four of them his life appears to be the least planned out, and the least fortunate, especially given that his earlier success in Soho was based on criminal activity, which was never likely to end well.

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