HANDS up who thinks evicting rioters and looters and their families from council homes is a good idea? While Wandsworth and Greenwich councils get to work on the idea, there does not seem to be much appetite for similar punishment in Camden’s corridors of power. Emails doing the rounds in the local Labour group include this assessment from housing chief Councillor Julian Fulbrook:
Personally I am not happy with knee-jerk Salem style Wandsworth witch-hunting… Indeed, even rioters and looters need to be regarded as innocent until proven guilty. The words of Pastor Niemoeller come to mind: ‘First they came for the Socialists but I did nothing because I was not one of them, then they came for the trade unionists. Jews. (Looters and rioters). Then they came for me and there was no-one left to defend me!’ We will not be engaging in lynch mob justice and jackboots in Camden’.