Support The Sweets Way Occupation, Let’s Take Our Cities Back

Johnny Void here calls attention to the eviction of the residents of Sweet’s Way in Barnet. This is another working class area that’s being socially cleansed in order to build luxury, upmarket accommodation for the rich. The video accompanying this piece shows the people of Sweet’s Way themselves talking about how the council’s treating them and the immense problems and distress this has caused. Many of the speakers are children, who naturally talk about it from their point of view.

Some of the residents have been given housing in Enfield, though others are being moved much further away, like Birmingham. Enfield is the next London borough, though the children point out that this is still over an hour away from the schools, which they are attending. Several haven’t been offered anywhere. They’re living at relatives, or, worse, were thrown out onto the street, only to be given temporary accommodation at the very last minute. And some of those, who have been given homes in Enfield, will be in the same situation again in a year’s time, as those homes are also scheduled for demolition.

The stress this is causing is also destroying lives. One woman and her daughter talk about how their husband and father was literally driven out of his wits due to worrying about the situation. This poor bloke is now in a mental hospital, and his daughter is understandably upset that she cannot even visit her dad. For others, the disruption is less dramatic, but also presents its dangers. Several of the children point out that this has occurred while they’re doing their sats, and they worry about how well they’ll do.

And as they point out, it isn’t just Barnet this is happening to. It’s happening all over London and in other towns up and down the country. Private Eye several years ago reported how one of the northern local councils compulsorily purchased an area of working class housing, whose residents were evicted in order to turn them into luxury flats. This is exactly the same case here. As one of the residents in the video remarks, there’s no reason for the houses to be demolished as they are well-built. It’s just Barnet council victimising the very poorest in order to gentrify the borough.

People are being thrown onto the street, though as IDS massages the figures and the police move them out to locations where they can’t be seen, they will be ignored and invisible. You’re going to hear a lot of nonsense in the coming weeks from the Tories about how wonderful and prosperous the country is, thanks to them. It is. For a minute, privileged few. This shows the growing reality. It has to be stopped, not just in London, but throughout the country.

the void

How the fuck is a child supposed to understand why they don’t have a home? These are kids who see their parents going out to work long hours for shit wages, or battling illness, or struggling to find work. They see a parent who loves them, cares for them, feeds them – who does all the things that a parent is supposed to do – and yet that is not enough. The most basic form of human security, even survival, is now fast becoming something only the affluent can afford in many parts of the UK.

Almost every day seems to bring another story of low income families being forced from their homes to make way for luxury flats, as property developers turn the ground we walk on into a chance for them to increase their millions. And if anyone complains than the rich simply call on the machinery of…

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