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September 28, 2015


Richard Powell

The reference to "Israeli scumbag property developers" may not be entirely gratuitous: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/04/29/carlton-tavern-pub-demolished-maida-vale-rebuild_n_7171012.html

OK, they're probably not active in Tower Hamlets, but neither are Russian oligarchs, Saudi sheikhs or Texan oil-money twats, as far as I am aware. Though I did live for a couple of years in the early eighties in a house in Tower Hamlets owned by an Etonian who'd been a member of the Bullingdon Club, which suggests that gentrification is not an entirely recent phenomenon.


"I would describe those I saw as a diverse mix of working-class Londoners, from toddlers to pensioners, some residents of local social housing, while others travelled in from less expensive areas of the capital; many were victims of the gentrification and evictions I’ve mentioned. Class War anarchists, activists, squatters and social housing tenants were joined along the way by local youths and the usual revellers of Shoreditch angry about rising prices or simply looking to join the party."

That sounds like a splendidly diverse mob, albeit one drawn from a particular income bracket. I would have liked to have seen a bit more emphasis on the representation of ethnic minorities and those suffering sexual oppression, but otherwise it's a good contribution to London's tradition of civil disorder.

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