UPDATED 6 DEC: text reproduced with permission – All those distorting the Schumacher social cleansing speech – chucking identity politics in the mix and moaning about language… please bore off!
Until it affects YOU directly and the realisation that estate communities have: no voice, no platform, no power, and no political party stepping in to fight your corner or stop families/people being evicted out of their homes and out of London – miles away from family/support network and being dumped in totally unfamiliar and sometimes alien locations!
The Schumachers, RIBA’s Derbyshire, politicians & local authority bureaucrats are using a combination of James Buchanan’s theories (US neocon asset stripping adviser to Thatcher) and John Nash (architect of ‘Game Theory’), collectively scheming & strategising in self interest – building up power & personal empires… with the cause of ‘helping others’ (building Unaffordable housing’) when in fact they are helping themselves and their class.
Hence the current economic chaos & current manipulated housing crisis…which IS leading to a breakdown in society.
Ultimately self interest Schumacher along with right wing think tanks : i.e: IPPR – Labour’s Lord Adonis & Lord Kerslake ‘City Villages policy’ which has been a a vehicle used (and inspired the 2016 housing act) to ‘normalise’ community destruction/estate demolition and the social cleansing of London -with local authorities fully enabling private land-grab of council homes & public owned land.
These ‘cliques’ of highly educated politicians, planners, developers, housing associations architects etc,. have gained control of the ‘process’ (policy/planning) and are directing these social cleansing policies to their own advantage while causing harm & displacement.
When do we ever see a working class community get given a ‘platform’ to discuss being evicted by dodgy politicians, bent councils, right wing policy manipulator think tanks OR the opportunity to counter that appalling social cleansing statement by Schumacher in a public arena…it has NEVER happened so hence anger on the streets outside Hadid’s office!
So if you can’t put yourselves in the shoes of London’s communities fighting to stop their homes from being demolished (don’t forget to include the mental stress & uncertainty factors) and IMAGINE how it feels…
Regeneration is violence!
Text reproduced with permission, Lolly x
DEMO: Thursday, December 8 at 1 PM
Zaha Hadid Architects
10 Bowling Green Lane, EC1R 0BQ London