I think many people have been uneasy about the increasing vitriol and hate in our politics and in the thinking of many people.
There is a very dark side to human nature – it is always there and sometimes it comes out and takes over our society – like a disease or infection.
We must work to prevent this happening.
Ben and I, with this blog, try to be positive, and expose the bad in our ‘niche’ area of housing / landlord & tenant law, as well as giving people practical knowledge and guidance to help them fight injustice and bad practice – whether by landlords, tenants or those in authority.
There are terrible problems and injustices in our country – but we are lucky. We have democratic rights and legal ways to deal with them. We should use these, and help make it easier for people to use them – so there is no need for crimes of hate, such as happened this week, committed in despair when people feel they have no-where else to go.
I have just made a donation to Hope not Hate in Jo’s name. But the real way to honour Jo is to try to help the causes she believed in and work towards a fairer world.
The blog this week:
A blog clinic fast track post where a tenant has withdrawn from a tenancy at the landlords request but is now being threatened by the landlord. Read it here…
Celebrating the success of a claim against an institution thinking it can breach agreed terms and conditions with impunity – and why this victory is important for us all. Find out more here …
We have finally reached the final ground in our look at the various grounds for eviction – find out Ben’s comments on this one here…
I consider the landlords challenge to section 24 and why it is being brought. I have a few issues though – see what they are here …
I have been away this week and spent most of Friday travelling. So it was not until the evening that I discovered that I had actually forgotten to click ‘publish’ on Ben’s column! So sorry Ben!. You can all read it now here …
- Jo Cox obituary on the BBC website
- Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian – if you inject enough poison in the political bloodstream, someone will get sick
- Gordon Brown in the Guardian – Jo Cox’s death should bring an end to the downward spiral in our politics
- Jo Cox charity fundraising page
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