Two days ago a staggering High Court judgment was handed down on a staggering case concerning LB Southwark and how appallingly and outrageously they had acted towards a tenant who was not only illegally evicted by the council but then had all his belongings destroyed, including his passport, and then the council conspired in an unlawful cover up, which the judge said may be a criminal cover up, to cover their tracks including obstructing the police and blatantly lying to councillors and obstructing them to.
Make no mistake this is an horrific case that even in a film would seem beyond credulity and I would urge anyone to read the full judgement as defy them not to utter the word ‘fuck’ repeatedly when they do. Not only is it an outrageous case of illegal eviction, it is perhaps (and hopefully!) the worst case of absolute power corrupting absolutely I have read about a local council in decades. Words such as outrage, scandal and the like just do not cut it.
Yet the issue I focus on here is how it has been reported in the press as that is a much bigger issue revealing closet and institutionalised racism even amongst the usual liberal Independent newspaper.
You see the issue – which should not be an issue at all – is the victim in this case known as AA was not born here and had a black face to boot. Those facts are totally irrelevant to this legal case and totally irrelevant to just how outrageously and unlawfully the council acted.
The Independent’s headline was
Judge blasts Southwark Council for evicting Sudanese tenant and destroying all of his possessions
Note the Sudanese bit and take that word out of the headline and is says exactly the same thing.
Then look at how the Independent – of all papers – begins with its opening paragraph:
Housing officers conspired to unlawfully evict a Sudanese refugee from his council flat and destroy his possessions, including memory sticks holding thousands of hours of work, before then covering up their wrongdoing, a judge has ruled.
An outrageous case of fact but marred by the words “Sudanese refugee” which is replaced with the word “tenant” again says exactly the same thing. Yet this is no politically correct rant or any other such nonsense as look at what the second paragraph in this shameful Independent article says:
The victim, who was granted British citizenship after fleeing Sudan’s civil war in 1985, was made homeless for a year and forced to sleep on the streets after officials acting for Southwark Borough Council entered his home while he attended a court hearing in April last year over rent arrears of £18 per week.
So the victim has been a BRITISH CITIZEN FOR 29 YEARS and again watch what happens when I take out that reference which of course has been downplayed as this victim is Johnny Foreigner despite being a British citizen for 29 years and so is by truly offensive inference less of a victim for that.
The victim[OMITTED] was made homeless for a year and forced to sleep on the streets after officials acting for Southwark Borough Council entered his home while he attended a court hearing in April last year over rent arrears of £18 per week.
The wording has exactly the same meaning and IF the offensive and racist references to his ethnicity and circumstances of 29 years ago had been omitted would have made this front page news. Ask yourself if this man had been born with a white face and born in London how you would have reacted to the third, fourth and fifth paragraphs which give some detail and how much more outrage you would have over this case
All his possessions, including his passport, credit cards, furniture and computer equipment containing several years of research and personal material, were removed on the day of the eviction and destroyed in a waste disposal facility.
In a swingeing ruling, a High Court judge found that housing officers entered into a conspiracy to “harm” the man, known only as AA, by securing his eviction from his flat in Peckham, south London, and then conceal their actions from investigators.
Judge Anthony Thornton QC said: “The various officers conspired to evict AA by unlawful means, to seize and destroy his possessions by unlawful means and to cause him harm and loss by evicting him and dispossessing him of his possessions.”
The judge goes on to say the council officers who were named too adopted a policy of “eviction at all costs” and committed staggering abuses of their power and “They each acted with the intention of harming AA by evicting him when there were no reasonable grounds for evicting him and by arranging for his possessions to be seized and destroyed unlawfully”
But hey he has a black face and isn’t Somalia a bi close to Wagga Wagga Land where they have that Ebola which is going to wipe out all us good white folk?
Scandalous reporting Independent! Will you be advising your readers to elect Farage in 7 months time?
Please take the time to read the full judgment which is here and in the immortal words of Farage (and copied by Teresa May) “I kid you not” when I say you will be muttering “fuck” and many variants of that when you read just HOW outrageous this case is.