Fuck the poor, greed is good
Speaking at the Margaret Thatcher lecture on November 27 2013, Boris Johnson, London lord mayor, told the poor what we already knew, "greed is good" for people like Ruth Cooke, Midland Heart boss, who earns more than a £180, 000 a year.
A result of the "greed is good" philosophy, income inequality, is to be found at the very opposite end of Cooke's pay-scale where her workers earn a minimum wage of £6.31 per hour.
No one who believes in income equality can admit the gap between Cooke rate of pay and the minimum wage is fair.
Unlike, Cooke whose salary suggests elitism, Boris is no closet elitist. During is lecture Boris admits: "I don't believe that economic equality is possible".
Income inequality leads inevitably to housing inequality, a fact borne out by growing homelessness, overcrowding and fuel poverty.
A further consequence is raising demand for the types of accommodation landlords like Midland Heart provide the working poor, with 1.8 million households currently on the waiting list for social housing.
Housing Johnny-foreigner and the poor has always given "greed is good" chancers a way to make loadsamoney. During the 1950s and 1960s, Peter Rachman, was one of London landlords who grew rich by letting, at high rent, rundown properties to West Indian immigrants.
At the time the overt racism of private and public landlords created captive market of immigrants for Rachman, who was no racist. Rachman's notoriety was a product of anti-Semitism, which was fuelled by the fact that he was a Jew who was more successful exploiting immigrants than non-Jew slumlords.
Today, income inequality creates another captive market, consisting of the very poor and vulnerable, housed by social landlords the bosses of which while lining their pockets claim to "transform" tenants lives.
Let's face it, social housing is by and large seen by most people as a refuge of last resort for, to use an elitist phrase, "low or no life", vulnerable people or the poor without enough money to pay for somewhere private to live.
Since 2006, Midland Heart corporate culture has change into one which reflects the elitism of Boris Johnson. Take for example, the environment into which tenants are sometime expected to live.
Imagine, for a minute, Ruth Cooke lives in a flat located in a large Victorian house divided into three flats. Ruth's neighbour for the last ten years is a mild mannered paranoid schizophrenic. When he is not playing loud music, he is shouting all kind obscenities at demons in his head and banging the walls. The neighbour is sectioned under section 20 of the Mental Health Act 1983 at least three times each year, which involves a squad of riot cops making a forced entry into her neighbour's flat.
Now dear readers, do you think our Ruth would not consider her neighbour's behaviour a nuisance? Of course she would, and she would expect her landlord who is well aware of the nuisance to do something about it.
Ruth would certainly not expect her landlord to let a vacant flat in the same property as hers to tenants without first either dealing with the existing nuisance or at least telling them about it.
For the writer, the nuisance Ruth imagined neighbour causes is very real, lived experience.
Midland Heart elitist culture, its love of loadsamoney, results in tenants living in an environment which not even Boris would find acceptable for the poor.
Since October 2013, a flat in the property where the writer lives has again become vacant for the second time in 4 years.
It's the writer's fear Midland Heart will again let the property without either dealing with the nuisance fully or telling a new tenant about it.
This website will post a regular blog ROOM 101, which will provide a censored history and news about the nuisance and Midland Heart handling of it.