Squatting has been in the (right wing conservative) press alot recently. Obvioulsy it has not been touted as an' outside the box' response to the housing crisis, homelessness or inflation.
Nor has it, of course been in the (right wing or left wing- for that matter) press in reference to the fact that 1 in six people in the world are squatters.
Squatting has been in the papers, because a load of naive, foreign tourists, only here to sample london's famed counter cultural underbelly, have ended up using some blokes house as a bloody hotel and then have given interviews to the press about it.
Hoorah, for these idiots, they ticked all the reactionary boxes, immigrants from Eastern Europe, wearing the ragged uniform of dirty scrouging hippies, posing, shoeless and long haired for the camera and telling Sun journalists how easy it is to live in Britain, and how they are getting legal aid to fight for squatters rights.
Whilst the hard working, taxpaying, great British bloke who has just got on the property ladder, is living in his car,having been bankrupted by stamp duty and court costs, the stress has caused his wife to leave him and worst of of all the immigrant scrounging hippy heodonist sqautters broke into his house whilst he was out, hanging up the union jack bunting for the royal wedding celebratory street party.
This is of course not all strictly true, but what in print ever is. There have been a barrage of other ludicrous stories recently. No mention has of course been made that the majority of sqatters in london (an estimated 10,000?) are not ALL complete twats.(although, of course some are).
So, informed only by blind predudice and a story about a couple of idiots, (who probably WILL just FUCK OFF BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM , when the utopian dream of living off stale donuts and ketamine in an unheated house has worn off) .
Of course then 'Outraged' of 'Little Bigotstown' will wriite a strongly worded letter of complaint, to whoever and wherever it may concern.
And then of course Kennith Clarke can make his move (banning squatting was in the pre election Tory manifesto, its not paranoia when they are actually after you) and respond by stating that in light of these blatant injustices to the great white British taxpayer the days of "Squatters rights" are over.
And then everyone will mumble 'god save the queen' into their ovaltine and go to bed, still bitter, and not have sex and wake up in the morning still grumpy...
But enough of that bullshit. But what are squatters rights...
Squatting laws were invented as a fairness clause during the enclousures act, in the 13th century. This process was where land, which was previously held IN COMMON, was ENCLOSED and given to private landlords.
13th Century Law makers realised that this was, a bit unfair to most people, and introduced a squatting clause which said that if there was basically some bit of gnat ridden bog somewhere that no rich people could be bothered with, then it was fair game to use it.Thus our desperately outdated and unfair system of political organisation in this country was gestated.
Back to the present day. Some cunt in the evening standard (Quelle surprise!) whose name i cant be bothered to google, (and who has a series on channel four, about democracy!!)(yes, those are two exclaimation marks),(and three consecutive sets of brackets, oh the gramatical anarchy!!!).
Some cunt in the evening standard, basically made the same point. He said that our fabulous system of private ownership is why we have our "daz white", democratic process,(and to futher paraphrase his article) whilst the stupid arabs with their brown skin and their revolutionary way will never be as 'gosh darn fantastic us Brits.'
This looks different from a different ideological precipice of course.
We could also view from the point of view that,
individuals from Arabic nations are more unified as people as a result of not being divided up physically.
This of course will not be your perspective if you are a sychophantic capitalist sympathiser who would prostitute your intellect (and probably your childrens backsides) to reinforce the crumbling edifice of western democracy, probably for a packet of pringles and a blow job from the editor of the Evening Standard).
This sort of nonsense is the sort of factually incontinent drivel that you will be paid to smear all over the pages of the evening standard. It will, in turn, to be lapped up by most people because it justifies their shitty lives, doing shitty jobs earning shitty money, to pay for their shitty flats, which they could just all be squatting if they they had enough time out to think about it.
Which is possibly why Tory politicians (who have had quite a bit of time to do exactly that) have finally decided, er maybe now is the time to make squatting illegal.
Written by BECKY FURY for NEUHQ
There are squat support websites like this one so do it while you still can.