For new claimants the Housing Benefit caps, which place most London rents out of reach of the low waged, the unemployed, disabled people or pensioners, have now been in place for over a year. This effectively ended the safety net of the Welfare State for Londoners in the private rented sector. Under this toff Government, should you be made unemployed, or become sick or disabled, then in all probability homelessness will follow.
Street homelessness is already predictably soaring. Charities claim this is just the tip of the iceberg with thousands of young people sleeping on friend’s sofas, in hostels, squatting or living in night shelters.
The Government’s response has been to introduce legislation to ban squatting, whilst Boris has raided the budget allocated to rough sleepers for five million pounds.
In January the Housing Benefit caps came in for existing tenants, forcing thousands of people from their homes. This is precisely the kind of ‘social cleansing’ Boris promised wouldn’t happen. It’s happening.
The bungling Mayor didn’t even appear to notice until someone questioned him about it yesterday when he blustered that he would intervene. Whatever he attempts now will be too little far too late. Even if he scrapes the election, it’s unlikely he will do anything about the housing crisis in the city. He never does anything. The problem is set to get far worse next year when the £500 a week benefit cap is brought in. Boris won’t do anything about that either.
It is a national scandal that unscrupulous landlords in London have made the capital unaffordable to anyone but yuppy scum and Russian billionaire gangsters. But Boris shouldn’t be squeamish about supporting high Housing Benefit payments. After all, he earns quarter of a million a year writing his shit column for the Daily Telegraph. A sum he describes as chicken feed.
It is no surprise that rents are soaring in places like Newham who are attempting to re-locate their poorest residents to Stoke. The Olympics is undoubtedly one reason. A far bigger factor is the number of tenants forced out of Central London Boroughs into the outer regions. This has sent demand soaring in the outer London boroughs with rents predictably rising as a result.
Council Tax rises are sure to follow. The experience of Stoke should serve as a stark warning to the leafy Home Counties:
“We have seen in the past relocation putting strain on other services because the medical, education and justice systems are unprepared for an influx of very needy people.
“The result was huge, unplanned pressure on local services, the collapse of already vulnerable neighbourhoods and the rise of divisive right-wing extremism.”
The Stoke Housing Association asked to house London’s poor has predictably told Newham Council to fuck off. It is the outer London Boroughs who will bear the brunt of the problems outlined above. Any pretend cut in Council Tax that Boris has promised will be obliterated by the social costs of exporting thousands of London’s poorest residents out of the city centre. Surrey could come to resemble the ghettos of Paris as a result.
With tube and train fares also set to rocket, hitting hard pressed commuters the most, the cost of the Tory Mayor and his party’s policies will prove disastrous for outer London.
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has tried to distance himself from the chinless idiots currently plunging the nation into economic chaos. But he is cut from the exact same cloth as Cameron and Osborne. A true blue toff, his Dad was a Tory MEP who worked for the World Bank. His brother, Jo Johnson is a Tory MP for Orpington. Just like Cameron, Boris went to Eton and then joined the odious Bullingdon Boys at Oxford. He is as out of touch and clueless about how most people live as the worst of the chinless knobs in the Cabinet.
When London was burning during the riots last year Boris couldn’t even be arsed to come back from his holiday. When he finally turned up in Peckham he was jeered by locals. Central London residents already think Boris is a twat who knows nothing of their lives. His crude ‘water melon smiles’ racism and comparisons of gay marriage to bestiality have not been forgotten by those in the heart of the city. Boris has tried to laugh off his past bigotry. He’s little more than a posh Jim Davidson.
After eight years of Ken’s joyless scab junta it’s unsurprising that London elected a comedian to London Mayor. But the joke has worn desperately thin. Boris treats the job as little more than an excuse to quaff champagne with bankers and flatter his ego by waving his crap floppy hair about for the cameras. And he only bothers to do that part time. All Boris has come up with in his four years as Mayor are a few embarrassing looking bikes that weren’t even his idea and a couple of buses.
Boris earned over a million pounds last year. He seems to care far more about increasing his riches than actually doing any work for Londoners. Boris will do nothing to help ease the housing crisis should he be elected. He will bluff and bluster whilst Council Tax, rents and fares soar in outer London. And he is likely to be a national fucking embarrassment come the Olympics.
Boris should have served as a stark warning of what happens when arrogant little posh boys are given political power. Lazy, brutal and incompetent, no-one sums up this current Government better than Boris Johnson. He was never even really that good on the telly. There will be no relief from the mass homelessness, social cleansing and desperate poverty emerging in the capital if Boris is re-elected. And no amount of Boris’ spiffing japes will change that.
Disclaimer: In the interest of balance it should be pointed out that Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick, Jenny Jones, Lawrence Webb, Siobhan Benita and Carlos Cortiglia, are also cunts.