Thursday, October 28, 2010

Red Boris - defender of the poor

The last thing we want to have in our city is a situation such as Paris where the less well-off are pushed out to the suburbs. I'll emphatically resist any attempt to recreate a London where the rich and poor cannot live together...

What we will not see and we will not accept any kind of Kosovo-style social cleansing of London. You are not going to see, on my watch...thousands of families being evicted from the place where they've been living and where they have put down roots. That is not what Londoners want to see. It's not what we're going to accept.

'Red' Boris Johnson talking to the BBC. For political reasons, Boris needs to be on the right side of this argument, as he will face re-election in 2012 (unless a return to the Commons were to be required in advance of the defenestration of Cameron). Boris knows that there is little chance of the dust having settled on the economy and he will want to insulate himself from the fallout that will damage all coalition local election candidates. In this, he will find support from the dozen Tory MPs who raised their concerns in a meeting a couple of days ago.

While both Nick Clegg and David Cameron have lashed themselves firmly to the mast of this benefit cut, I still suspect that some resolution will be found to quietly ameliorate the effects of whole slate of cuts and tweaks to housing benefit, assuming Osborne can be brought on board. That said, the rhetoric being emitted from the Coalition remains solidly committed to resettling the poor away from the centre of London.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So Boris Johnson says he will not stand for the social cleansing of London. Yet his party (the Conservatives) and Labour were happy to see the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous British from London (brought about by mass immigration).