More from Russell and poppies

Good to see the Poppy thing has caused a ripple of outrage. Shame that much of it has been conducted behind the scenes in e-mails to me – much better to post folks then if you are wrong, which so far you all have been, every one can share in my smug contentment at being so so very  right.

In the meantime support this – that’s an order

Please join this campaign:

Hello,  Russell here

Property developers – in partnership with corrupt, inept or lazy politicians – have created a housing crisis for ordinary people all over the world. I bet your rent is soaring; I bet you are finding it hard to pay – it’s especially bad in cities.

In Hoxton, East London, there is a diabolical situation that I need your help with.

The New Era estate provided affordable homes for ordinary working families (they ain’t that ordinary I hang out with ‘em – some of em are right weirdos). The people that live in the 92 flats have grafted to make their homes their own, installing kitchens and heating and most importantly building a community where all the residents watch out for each other.

Then unfortunately (and I’m partly to blame by moving in and being so cool) Hoxton became “trendy”.

That’s when the old Etonian Edward Benyon (brother of richest Tory MP in Britain Richard Benyon), along with billion dollar American property firm Westbrook, purchased the property. They backtracked on the deal to keep the estate as affordable housing. They have told the families that the rents were going to go up to “market rate” and they had to cough up or jog on. 

Families like Lyndsey’s – an NHS worker and mother of young kids. Her parents live on the estate too. Like a lot of the residents, this estate has housed generations of her family.

But, the people of the New Era estate aren’t going anywhere. They’re making a stand and they need your help, so sign their petition to save their homes.

If the Benyon’s get their way, an entire community will be forced into B&Bs all over the country. They will be sent hundreds of miles away, to places they’ve never been, where they don’t know anyone. Old people who have lived there their whole lives, working nurses with kids, single mums — they will lose all the work, money and love they have invested in their homes and their community.

This is happening everywhere. Boris, their elected mayor (where did he go to school again?), is on the side of the property developers, not ordinary people. The New Era residents have decided to organise and fight back — and we can help them.

If the New Era estate wins, we all win – we get to have cities that don’t belong to foreign oligarchs and corporations, but all of us. Sign the petition now.




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