It has been reported in the press that a family of Somali refugees has been given a home worth around £2m in an exclusive part of London.
It is thought that the property in Clerkenwell has now become one of the most expensive council homes in Britain.
According to a report in The Express:
Muriidi Abati, 57, and his wife Maryan Mohamed, 44, have lived in the Georgian townhouse with their seven children, aged between eight and 23, for 15 years.
The four-storey townhouse could be rented out privately for £900 a week but cleaner Mr Abati, who earns £7 an hour, pays just £90 to Islington Council in north London.
Mrs Mohamed said: “We’re very lucky and grateful to have this house. It’s sad there are not enough houses for everyone.”
But critics said it was “ridiculous” the refugees were given “a home for millionaires” while many families are forced to live in squalor.
John Bickley, Ukip immigration spokesman, said: “Councils have a duty to optimise their tax-payer-funded assets for the benefit of all residents. Letting out multimillion pound houses or flats for peppercorn rent is a poor return on such assets.
“They should be sold and the returns invested in affordable social housing that benefits a larger number of residents.”
The property includes a basement games room with a state-of-the-art 50-inch flat screen TV, while the living room has two large leather sofas and a massive leather chair.
It is situated in Islington’s Clerkenwell district – a sought-after area boasting Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy bars and home to the world-famous Sadler’s Wells theatre and Smithfield Market.
Surely there has to be a compromise in a situation such as this.
While it would be unreasonable to expect the local authority to refuse housing for the family outright in the current political climate, has it got to the stage now where the only available housing is this opulent?
There are indeed many, many other families in need of permanent housing who surely will not be so fortunate.
Nigel Farage slams political elite and media for mocking him over blue passports
The new blue passport will make a return in October much to Nigel Farage delight.
Speaking on LBC to Nick Ferrari, the ex-UKIP leader slammed the political elite and media for mocking his calls to get the British passport back and declared “We’re becoming a normal country again”.
— LBC (@LBC) December 22, 2017
He said: “I remember in 1988 when they abolished the British passport they didn’t just change the colour of it they put 2 words at the top of it, European Union and that said to me that the political class were selling out our country, our nationality, our individuality, so I fought them.
“What country in the world would get rid of its passport. You can’t be a nation unless you have those symbols. The words matter more than the colour. Taking off the words European Union matters more. Going back to the blue colour – it says normal service is being resumed, we’re becoming a proper country again. I couldn’t be happier this morning.”
What do you think of the new passports?
Jacob Rees-Mogg has just said that we can leave the European Union BEFORE March 2019
The Conservative MP for North East Somerset Jacob Rees-Mogg has just admitted that the United Kingdom could actually leave the European Union BEFORE the transitional period commences.
According to the politician who has long championed the idea of a Hard Brexit (even to the extent of there being no deal and no payment to Brussels), the March 2019 deadline is exactly that – a deadline.
As far as he is concerned, the arbitrary date at the end of March is simply in place as a leaving date if no deal has been agreed.
He feels that as a nation we could actually walk away and leave sooner, provided that it is in our best interests.
Those two words once again, BEST INTERESTS! He seems to be the only politician who is interested in playing hard ball to ensure that the United Kingdom emerges from this period stronger than ever.
According to a report in The Express, he said:
“The Article 50 process, the two-year timeframe is a deadline.
“It’s not the point in which we necessarily leave. It’s the point in which we leave in the event that no deal has been reached beforehand.
“It is perfectly possible, should the negotiations go well, for an earlier date to be agreed.”
How refreshing it is to finally hear someone speak up and stand up for our nation’s best interests in this manner!
While it seems like everyone else who is involved in the negotiation process is falling over each other to give in to Brussels every demand and whim, JRM is insisting that it doesn’t have to be this way.
All this talk of transitional periods and financial settlements has ultimately weakened our position, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the next political earthquake in Westminster ended with Mr Rees-Mogg being thrust forward to the frontline both domestically and internationally.