CLAIRE KOBER'S SODOM AND GOMORRAH APPROACH TO SOLVING THE HOUSING CRISIS IN TOTTENHAM.
Claire Kober, the leader of Haringey Council, has written to the members of the Labour Party in Haringey justfying the passing of public land into private profit and demolishing 1400 homes in Tottenham with the following statement;
Like any housing estate in the country, Northumberland Park boasts a proud community and a strong sense of identity. But we cannot pretend all is well. I cannot accept the levels of unemployment, poor health and crime which we currently see there. And while I am committed to tackling the social causes of this deprivation through the people-based elements of our Tottenham Park itself regeneration programme, I am equally clear that we can only transform the lives of Northumberland Park’s residents by changing the shape of Northumberland Park.
It is quite simply nonsense to state that "I am equally clear that we can only transform the lives of Northumberland Park’s residents by changing the shape of Northumberland Park". Why not refurbish the council homes and stop taxing their benefits and then enforcing them with court costs and bailiffs, stop cooperating with the government's benefit sanctions. Destroying Northumberland Park will not reduce poor health, unemployment or crime it will just move them elsewhere from under her upturned nose.
In the Bible things were so bad in Sodom and Gomorrah we learn that God decided the only solution was to destroy the two cities. Abraham and God are said to have had the following conversation.
GENESIS 18 Abraham pleads for the people of Sodom.
23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
Abraham then pesters him with an ever reducing number and ends with 10.
32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”
He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”
God decided Sodom was so bad it should be destroyed - Kober seems to be aping that role even when it is abundantly clear that the vast majority of people, both employed and unemployed, living in Northumberland Park are getting on with their decent lives and wanting to be left alone.
All good wishes,
PS I hope you have all read Aditya Chakrabortty's article in the Guardian this morning, P