Tag Archives: Tower Hamlets

Flogging Off the Future

They’re at it again!  Housing Associations, so-called “social landlords” (annual surplus last year £3.5 billion), are flogging-off social rented homes.  The Chartered Institute of Housing has recently said 165,000 homes for social rent have been lost since 2012 and the … Continue reading

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Streets Paved with Gold

I’m very flattered to be quoted by David Harvey in his paper “Universal Alienation and the Real Subsumption of Daily Life under Capital: A Response to Hardt and Negri” (sorry, I can’t add the link, but it’s well worth a … Continue reading

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Radical Housing in Tower Hamlets

I’ve just been to this and it’s well worth a visit.  I’m always wary of excessively celebrating ‘the fight for a better yesterday’, but this exhibition has some important lessons for today.  It chronicles the radical tenant-led organisations, rent strikes … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Council Housing

116 years ago today, the Prince of Wales stood near the bandstand at Arnold Circus and officially opened the new Boundary Estate in Bethnal Green. There had been isolated examples of municipal house building before, but this was the first … Continue reading

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My East End?: Living with ‘Gentrification’

A bit of recent genealogical research has revealed that members of my family have been getting born (and dying) in the East End for a couple of hundred years.  For the last 50 I’ve had to cope with the shame … Continue reading

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Re-Elect Kshama Sawant!

  There’s something good happening in Seattle.  It’s a place with a radical history (general strike 1919, strong waterfront unions, anti-World Trade Organisation protests 1999).  Now it’s in the vanguard of an emergent radicalism that’s challenging – and weakening – … Continue reading

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Rabina Khan for Tower Hamlets Mayor!

Politics in Tower Hamlets is rarely dull.  No sooner does one election campaign end than another begins.  Following Richard Mawrey’s decision of 30th April, a new borough Mayor will be elected on 11th June.  Rabina Khan is standing as an … Continue reading

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