On Monday night he told Channel 4 news that the decision was purely based on financial reasons, and that rent arrears were running at more than 50% in the homes he let to those receiving benefits.
“If I am heartless all the other landlords are heartless, because we’re all doing the same,” he said. “All the landlords will tell you that there is so much default now with housing benefit tenants that you are just simply better off with somebody working.”
Wilson admitted he did feel guilty about the people he was evicting, suggesting that some could be in dire circumstances. “It is very, very sad,” he said. “Particlarly, I feel sorry for battered wives who have come to us because we are very much consigning them to go back to their husbands to be beaten up again, but the situation is it cannot go on.” [x]
think the british government wakes up in unison every day thinking “how
on earth can we make these citizens more uncomfortable? there must be a
new policy we haven’t thought of yet” and they all rush to 10 downing
street to discuss this state of affairs over several tubs of caviar
With Tumblr focusing so much on world politics right now, there is one British thing I haven’t seen much about, which is the news that a police smear campaign was set up to target the Lawrence family, and obstruct their chances of getting justice for their son.
Basically: a young black teenager was murdered, and the police sought to silence his friends and family – to make them out to be the villains, even – to take attention away from the calls for police reform.
It’s horrible. (And that’s not even the last of the police corruption stories coming out at the moment.) I have absolutely no idea how anyone would go about fixing a thing like this, so just…bear it in mind, I guess.
I love the royal family. It’s just like the best soap opera ever. You know, you’ve got two sons, one of whom is the perfect prince; he’s the heir to the throne and is expecting a child. The other is on the front line of a battle but spends his time with half nude women in Vegas. Then mum died tragically in what some people still think is a conspiracy. And then at the top you’ve got a doddery old bloke and a woman who doesn’t take any shit. If you threw in three dragons and a dwarf you’ve got season 2 of Game of Thrones.