Sunday, 14 August 2011
Letter to Tim Farron & Nick Clegg; Don't allow evictions or Government attacks on liberty.
I should make clear from the beginning that I am in no way an apologist for what has occurred and believe unswervingly in the rule of law and order.
However evicting people from council housing is not the justice of the twenty-first century - rather it wreaks of the vengeful eighteenth century landlord evicting tenants they don't like. This is a knee jerk reaction and beyond the normal line of judicial punishment.
It is not up to the Government to punish these people but the courts. Moreover the is already a strong dislike of for the Government and its functions - Evicting families will only make the situation worse.
Retribution should be calm and measured and not in the heat of anger. As Nick said in his speech yesterday ( http://www.libdems.org.uk/news_detail.aspx?title=Nick_Clegg:_Speech_to_party_members_on_the_riots&pPK=c69dd25e-6ade-4e74-b011-248db8f37401&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter) the problem needs to be dealt with;
Ruthlessly but thoughtfully
Resisting in overnight policy
Yet according to Grant Shapps' Twitter stream are already underway! There is also an unfairness in that it seems to be only those in Council housing and not those in privately rented accommodation who are the only ones affected. I know that the government cannot touch the private residents but it adds a further layer of contention as it is the very poor who are again suffering the most when law is meant to be blind and treat everyone the same.
Maybe a better path would be to get them to work for their benefits by cleaning up the mess they have made in the community and seeing first hand what their anarchy has brought and see that it isn't the rich that have born the brunt but the hard working people like you and me.
What I'm driving at though is that instead of curing the problem we will be perpetuating it and persecuting the poor. We're the party that listens, the party that cares and this is doing neither. The measure is highly illiberal and I don't think we should have any part of it.