Mark Donner probably barely batted an eyelid as he casually threatened 93 families on the New Era Estate in Hackney with eviction in the run up to Christmas.
It’s unlikely that Donner, who it was revealed this week lives in a £4 million pound mansion, has ever had to worry about paying the rent. He has led a life dripping with privilege from his days at the exclusive private Leys School in Cambridge right up until his current role as Managing Principal of the shadowy property investment firm Westbrook Partners. At the weekend Donnor spends his life racing classic sports cars, a world away from his tenants who are currently facing the stark terror of upcoming homelessness.
When Donnor’s company bought the New Era Estate they immediately hiked rents on the properties which had remained affordable housing for decades. Then they announced they planned to almost quadruple rents in some cases, a move which they knew all too well would make almost all of the current tenants homeless. But Mark Donnor didn’t care about. Despite his vast wealth he wants more money. Our money.
Because people like Donnor don’t create anything of value. His company couldn’t even be bothered to maintain many of the properties that they rented out in New York. Every penny they get comes from us, the people who actually live in the cities they are happily ransacking in the name of greed. They are nothing more than leeches, sucking the money and the life out of communities to maintain their own gilded existence. According to The Guardian, one of Westbrook’s first moves after buying the New Era properties was to transfer ownership of the estate offshore. This means they can dodge the corporation tax they might have had to pay on the vast profits they hope to make. These parasites do not even want to make a contribution to the society that has allowed them to live such a pampered lifestyle at the expense of everyone else. Ebenezer Scrooge would fucking blush at the antics of these sharks.
The latest news is that Westbrook have said they will not evict the tenants before the end of the year, as if this means they no longer have the morals of sewer rats. They were presumably just fucking with the New Era families when this possibility was raised little over a week ago. What a jolly jape it must be to be a property investor in London.
An increasing number of people are saying to Westbrook you will not evict these tenants at all. Dozens of people have pledged to peacefully but physically resist any eviction attempt by the company and more are signing up every day. You can join the growing list at: http://ipledgetodefendneweraestate.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/we-the-undersigned-pledge-to-defend-new-era-estate-and-its-tenants-from-evictions-using-non-violent-resistance/
The New Era tenants are also holding a protest march on Monday 1st December which will gather outside Westbrook’s plush Mayfair offices and march to Downing Street to hand in a petition signed by over 250,000 people. Meet at Berkeley Square, W1 at 12.30pm to join them, and please help spread the word by sharing the facebook event.
Class War have also announced a protest outside Westbrook Partners on the 13th December at noon. The re-energised working class action group have recently had a major success and forced the new owners of the notorious ‘poor doors’ building in East London to the negotiating table. Whilst that battle is not yet over, it shows what can be achieved by getting out on the streets and in their faces.
The people like Donnor trying to steal our cities are nasty pieces of work. They will not give in without a fight. But all they care about is money. They will already be adding up the costs of these protests and any potential resistence to their planned evictions. Let’s make sure it costs them dearly, not just for the New Era families, but to send a message to every other vulture out there that we are taking our city back and will not give up our homes without the fight of our lives.
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