I read a column in The Times today by Rod Liddle (called “Greetings from Corbynia, home of yak cheese and grinding poverty. Wish we weren’t here”). I know that not all of you will have access to this article – The Times is behind a paywall – but this article is about Islington. It irritated me no end so I am going to RANT about it here.
- “… the bistros doing an excellent trade in iced vegan coeliac-friendly lattes”. All lattes (in fact all coffee) should be coeliac-friendly – I can see no reason to put gluten in a latte. Friends of ours have a daughter who is coeliac – it is a real (incredibly inconvenient) condition, not an excuse to be poncy.
- “Islington North is safe for Labour, whether the candidate is Corbyn or a pig’s bladder on a stick (which is what they have in Islington South and Finsbury. Yes, Emily Thornberry).” Emily Thornberry is my MP. I am quite irritated with her so I’ll let this go.
- “In the leafiest bits of Islington the average house will cost you not far shy of £2m”. Ha ha HAAAAA! In the very leafiest bits (not mine), a house will cost a lot more than this. Check out Zoopla.
- “…yet there is enormous poverty in the borough … two-thirds of residents don’t own a car”. Not owning a car is not necessarily a sign of deprivation, particularly in the centre of a city. My parents live in the centre of Brighton, are definitely not poor and don’t own a car. It’s a hassle that they can avoid by getting taxis. In fact, the father of a boy I went to school with lived for part of the year in France – when he came back to Brighton (and managed to park in front of his house), he would then refuse to move his car until it was time to go back to France. Otherwise, he’d have had to look for another parking space.
- “Upper Street is the kind of place where Waitrose actually lowers the tone”. No it isn’t. There’s a Wetherspoon on Upper Street.
I’ll stop whining now. This probably isn’t a very interesting blog post, particularly if you live nowhere near north London.
Anyway, here is a picture of a demonstration that went on outside the Town Hall a few days ago.