There are two things to say about the threats of violence allegedly received by tenant blacklister Paul Routledge. The first is that Routledge lies. The second is that if someone really did ring up a member of Routledge’s staff and threaten to throw acid in their face then it was a nasty and stupid thing to do.
Allowing Routledge to claim the moral high ground for the sake of a few seconds of mildly insurrectionist angst helps no-one except Routledge himself. And to aim the attack at a staff member, who let’s face it probably isn’t that well paid, is a cunt’s trick. This is not some whiny hippy rant about keeping things fluffy or polite, but let’s have a bit of fucking common sense.
Predictably Routledge wants to shoot the messenger and has blamed this blog and it’s followers for the alleged threat along with accusing it of publishing his home address. In fact this information -which was left in the comments – was removed as soon as it was spotted, although as a company director these details are accessible to the public.
Yet it was only yesterday morning, long after he made this complaint, that he finally removed the home address, telephone number and email address of a 70 year old man that he was falsely accusing of being me from his own website. Not only that he repeatedly posted links to this personal information on twitter.
Once again it seems to be one rule for Paul Routledge and a quite different set of rules for the rest of us.
Tenant blacklists are too important to allow a threat probably made by an over-excited teenager (if in fact it was ever made at all) to shut down any resistance to them. But they will not be stopped with threatening phone calls which only increase the heat on anyone choosing to resist these blacklists in a more effective way.
Watch the video where Routledge explains how his system could be used to blacklist people with mental health conditions.
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