Just over a year ago, Westbrook Partners bought the New Era Estate in Hackney planning to redevelop the homes into luxury apartments. Threatened with major rent hikes, ninety-three families were facing eviction from their homes before Christmas.
Ultimately, I believe that we have seen two great and pleasant surprises: firstly, the election of what I believe to be the best government in the circumstances, and secondly the continued ability of the public to make up its own mind and not to be swayed by vacuous social media wars and the increasing emotional blackmail and shaming that generated so many shy Tories in the first place...
A Labour coalition - or more specifically NOT a Tory coalition - is important. It means the next five years will be slightly easier for the people at the bottom of the pile and slightly harder for those at the top. I can see why you would endorse that and I sympathise with why Russell Brand did, but I'm still disappointed - I still feel betrayed by the man.
With the general election at the forefront of everyone's minds, the gloves have come off and the whole country wants a piece of the action - The UK has gone bonkers.
My recommendation that people vote Labour is an optimistic punt that the degeneration of Britain will be slowed down and the lives of the most vulnerable will be a little more bearable than they'd've been under the Tories. Nothing more ambitious than that.
Predicting outcomes is something we have been doing in my business at Fear Group for 34 years, we do it to locate hot-spots in global economic activity as a background to future group investment. With this in mind I asked our in-house researchers to come up with their prediction for Thursday's General Election and here is the result...
Proposition Leyla Gumusdis ...
I suspect, like many, I was suckered in by Blair and by how he let us all down. Of course I might be wrong but expect an emotional outpouring of grief from Brand in two or three years about how Miliband did the same to him. Russell... the changes you claim to want to see... 'it ain't gunna happen'.
Vote for a party which holds at its core a commitment to making the lives of the next generation better than the last.
This is all so depressing. Is it any wonder people are fed up and are beginning to question whether voting can really affect change or how far any government can reasonably undo all of what I have described?
So my lofty prediction for the 2015 election? The Tories are going to be the clear winners, probably by at least 30 seats, may well be more, could possibly be a lot more. Best bet is that they'll be going into another coalition with the Lib Dems.
Like Ed Miliband, I have crossed the Brand threshold of his East London home. It is a lot funkier than the NW3 place that used to attract my daughter and her friends. Like Ed, I sat down with him and discussed politics. He was particularly keen to have a go at me about Iraq, and TB's motivations. I was particularly keen to challenge him on his view, expressed when he was interviewed by - and more than held his own with - Jeremy Paxman, that voting made no difference. He didn't change my mind about TB. I think I may have changed his about voting because afterwards I started to notice him changing his tune...
Teaming up with director Michael Winterbottom (Road to Guantanamo, The Shock Doctrine), Brand retains the vitriolic straight-to-camera polemic that has become his trademark.
Ed Miliband has made it clear, on numerous occasions, he won't get into bed with Nicola Sturgeon. In fact some of his most passionate responses have come when dealing with this question. We now know Russell Brand has more chance of securing a cabinet position as there is clearly a very good chance he and Ed have at least shared a bed.
The trouble with giving all of your money away in the fashion suggested by Damian is that it wouldn't achieve anything. Sure, a lot of good could come from Russell giving his money away, but the inequality would still be there... only Russell Brand would no longer be in the 1% and he'd no longer have the means, nor the voice, to bring about any change.
Or, any other rich, white guy with a trust fund or 6 figure income or a banker or a footballer or a Russian oligarch or CEO of a multi-national corporation or a hedge fund manager. It matters to the vast majority of families living in the UK (and not "families" as defined by the current obsession with "hard-working families" rhetoric used to punish anyone who is not rich)