Archive for June, 2017

Deeper, Stronger…

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

I’ve not before come across David du Chemin, but his 3 Shortcuts to Deeper, Stronger Images expresses well many of my own thoughts and teaching about photography.

Its worth reading what he has to say about them, but the 3 shortcuts are:

Study Photographs Not Cameras.
Focus Your Attention, Not Just Your Lens.
Expose Your Soul, Not Just Your Sensor.

I feel happy about spilling the beans here, because although they give you the gist, you really need to go and read his piece to fully understand what he means.

Of course it isn’t novel. Strikingly similar to what I tried to deliver to students in my 30 or so years of teaching – and of course many others. And if you want to know more you can also read duChemin’s new book,  The Soul of the Camera ,which has its own web site where you can download some sample material.

I do have a few minor quibbles, not least that cameras don’t have souls, though some of mine definitely do have a perverse character of their own – and one that changes the camera settings when I’m not looking. I also wonder how someone can stretch out what is basically a fairly simple idea into around 25 chapters and 250 pages.  But what I’ve seen is good advice and could certainly be useful to some, though others might find it better to just get out there and do it.

This, I find, is only one of a number of books that duChemin has written, one or two of which have titles that do a little suggest the kind of learning tricks approach he denigrates. But rather than buy his books you might also be better off buying and studying those of the great masters of photography. And if your bookshelf is already stuffed with well-thumbed copies of the works off Edward Weston, Walker Evans, Gene Smith, Cartier-Bresson and the rest you probably don’t need this one!

Standing Rock

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

The brutal suppression of the Standing Rock protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the orders of President Trump shortly after he came to power will I’m sure have consequences unseen by him in the longer term, both in terms of the US coming to terms with its own history and of course climate change.

The London protest in solidarity with Standing Rock seemed a slightly surreal event, with only a small handful of those present having any native American heritage, or even any great knowledge of their religion and customs taking part in a protest that was also a religious ceremony. It took place in front of the London US Embassy, which has always appeared to me, perhaps appropriately, as a symbol or brutality and mindless force.

My own ideas of what was undoubtedly a lengthy process of genocide in the settling of the USA by European immigrants were formed in my youth by Hollywood and the games of ‘Cowboys and Indians’ that were a part of every child’s growing up in the 1950s. Having two older siblings in games with them and their friends I was always the ‘Indian’, with a brown loose decorated shirt and a rather chunky rubber tomahawk (actually a rather more effective weapon capable of serious bruising than the much flashier shiny plastic six gun I later graduated to wielding on the other side.)

Later too we played with bows and arrows, more serious weapons still, with the green pea sticks that shot at some force could certainly have caused serious eye damage, but our hero then was Robin Hood, and we were champions then of the poor against the dastardly rich and oppressive Sheriff of Nottingham.

But while Robin and his merry men might have been something of a positive role model, back in the day those Indians were clearly losers, shown as cruel and deceitful and little or nothing of their more spiritual and environmental views came across. They stood in the way of progress, and progress slaughtered them – and under Trump still does.

Now of course we are at least beginning to realise (other than Trump and his dinosaur friends) that the world has to change and we need to take account of nature and to live in harmony with it. Natural resources are finite and we have to limit our pollution of the environment to a level that nature can deal with in a way that allows our own lives to continue. Not living as those original Americans did, but embodying some of their spirit.

London Stands with Standing Rock

A few days ago, the New York-based Wallace Global Fund presented the inaugural Henry A. Wallace award to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for its brave resistance in defending sacred land and water against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In addition to the $250,000 prize, the Tribe will receive up to a $1 million investment from the Wallace Global Fund to support its transition toward fossil fuel independence.


Passing Clouds

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Gentrification is happening in all of what once were the working-class areas of London, and Dalston is no exception. It’s partly a matter of increasing land values – and land and its ownership is at the bottom of most things that are wrong with Britain, as it is land that is the basis of our class system. Although I wouldn’t quite go along with Proudhon and say that all “property is theft”, clearly the current ownership of land comes largely from actions over the centuries which have appropriated what was once a common resource. The enclosures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries notably led to riots even in the more conservative areas of the country.

As the pattern of work in London has changed over the years, with the destruction of the capital’s remaining industries which had long been declining before Thatcher put the axe in, working class jobs have become more and more concentrated at the bottom end of the service sector, with fewer opportunities for the higher pay enjoyed by skilled workers.

At the same time – and again thanks to Thatcher – we saw a decline in social housing, with council homes being sold off under the ‘right to buy’. It gave a nice windfall to those able to enjoy it, though many later found themselves unable to keep up with their newly acquired properties, many of which were bought up by others and are now expensive private lettings.

People in the new jobs that have been created look for areas of London they can afford to buy property. Years ago that included the working class areas of inner-city London, but now they are more and more likely to have to move to the outer suburbs and face long commutes. But those on higher salaries can still afford the £1m plus in the inner boroughs.

Years ago in the 1980s I started to photograph former industrial sites in London, many then derelict and empty. Some had already been demolished and converted into boxy and expensive private flats, particularly those in more favourable locations. Others became artists studios or community facilities for a while, providing a way of maintaining them in at least basic repair while their asset values increased and increased.

Lenthal Works, where the Hackney Gazette was printed from 1890-1958, was refurbished in 1995 as part of a regeneration scheme. In 2006 it became a popular arts centre for cultural and musical events, and Passing Clouds was celebrating its 10th anniversary when it heard that their landlord – had secretly sold the site for development to ‘Landlord Developments’ who were about to evict them, with the loss of around 100 jobs. In its place would be built ‘luxury flats’ many of which will probably never be lived in, simply acting as investments for over-rich foreigners, mainly in the far east, who buy such properties and re-sell them when rising property prices have generated a hefty profit.

Passing Clouds occupied their venue, but were evicted following a court order.  Several months later they were talking to Landlord Developments about buying the venue, but there have been no further announcements, other than that they still hope at some time to re-open, though I think in a different venue.

The protest was a carnival procession from Hoxton Square by many of those who were regular attenders at Passing Clouds, and we arrived there to find a group of African drummers around a glowing fire. The crowd was densely packed and I could feel the heat on my face from the embers, and more so when pouring capfuls of white rum onto them sent a ball of flame up into the air. The 16-35 16mm fisheye enabled me to capture something of the scene and atmosphere, but rather too much of the atmosphere was getting into my lungs and I soon had to move back.

The protest was scheduled to move on for more music and dancing and speeches in Dalston Square, but I decided it was time to go home and have some food.

More at Save Passing Clouds.

Hull Photos: 25/5/17-31/5/17

Friday, June 9th, 2017

I seem to be getting a little behind with these posts. Sorry, we’ve been a little preoccupied in the UK with an election lately. But I have managed to keep posting a picture every day to Hull Photos.

25 May 2017

Weeds have sprung up around the base of the noticeboard for Hull Docks Bye Law No 43, but the sign is still in good condition, though hardly needed as the swing bridge and lock gates are no longer in operation.

There is still water in the entrance lock, and also some in the dock beyond, though much of it was badly silted after almost 7 years of closure. On the dock side opposite are rows of caravans, newly made and waiting to be sold, and behind them, on the other side of the hidden railway tracks, industrial buildings around West Dock St, some still recognisable – I think Batty Joiners and buildings at the rear of GFG Plastics.

The railway tracks were soon to be replaced by the South Docks Road, under construction in 1984 and renamed the Clive Sullivan Way after the death of the famous Welsh rugby league star from cancer aged only 42. He played for both Hull and Hull KR and became the first black captain of any British national sporting side in 1972. His 250 tries in 12 years at Hull remains a record for the club (and there were another 118 for Hull KR.)

32t42: Hull Docks Bye Law No 43, St Andrew’s Dock, 1982 – Docks

26th May 2017

This notice ‘ALL CREWS TO BE DOWN BY 11AM FOR ORDERS OR SUBSTITUTES WILL BE FOUND’ was in surprisingly good condition and suggests that this office in a building on St Andrew’s Dock may still have been in use, despite the dock having closed almost 7 years earlier.

I cannot now recall exactly where this door was at St Andrews DOck, but it must have been in a fairly dark area to have forced me to use flash to record it. Although I carried a small electronic flash unit in my camera bag, it was seldom used, not least because the results were not entirely predictable – and you only found out if they had been successful when the film was developed. Later I bought an expensive flash meter which removed most of the doubt.

British United Trawlers Ltd had led to move from St Andrews Dock, to accommodate its large freezer trawlers, but the move to William Wright Dock (the western end of Albert Dock, next to St Andrew’s Dock) took place as the Cod Wars with Iceland’s 200 mile limit and further restrictions from EU entry meant there was almost nowhere for Hull’s fleet to fish. Two Hull family firms J Marr and Boyd Line survived in the later years. Boyd was taken over by the Icelandic company Eimskip in 2002 and Marr bought by Reykjavik based UK Fisheries, part of the Samherji group in 2006.

My flash technique was rudimentary in the extreme – the flash mounted on the hot shoe of the camera. This was probably taken with an Olympus OM2 which had one of the most advanced flash systems then available, the TTL OTF Auto Flash Exposure Control system which allowed the camera to meter flash, rather than relying on a photo-cell in the flash unit or, more often, a calculation using the flash guide number and the subject distance.

32t43: Notice to fishing crews, St Andrew’s Dock, 1982 – Docks

27th May 2017

This was the western end of those two pipes which can be seen on the opposite side of the dock entrance. In my picture they appear to descent from the heavens, but in reality they came from the first floor of the building to my left, out of site as I took the picture, then identified as ‘Industrial & Maritime Riggers Limited’ but formerly the former Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd office and the Sea Fish Industry Authority.

The Bullnose was named for its shape, jutting out in to the river at the mouth of the St Andrew’s Dock entrance channel, and apparently men who had not found a place on a crew would wait there in the hope of jumping down into a trawler that was leaving shorthanded if the skipper gave them a signal they were wanted.

When I took the picture the only fishermen were those with rod and line, but it is now the site of one of several memorials to the trawlermen of Hull who sailed from here never to return. Fishing was one of Britain’s most dangerous occupations, with no safety laws once on board, casually hired crews and skippers with absolute authority. Effective trade union organisation only came to Hull after the 1968 loss with all hands of the St Romanus and the Kingston Peridot – 40 men. The TGWU set up a meeting but it was the women of Hull, led by ‘Big Lil’ Bilocca, who took effective action. The men knew that if they spoke out they would be blacklisted by the trawler skippers and owners.

Women had traditionally been kept away from the fish dock, their presence thought to bring bad luck, but Big Lil led a group of women to the dock, resolved to prevent any trawler leaving without a radio operator on board to call for help if necessary. There was a huge fight as Big Lil tried to board the St Keverne when she heard there was no radio operator on board, watched and reported by the press – and though the women failed to stop the boat, the owners sent out a radio operator to the ship as it went down the Humber.

The women’s action persuaded the men they should take action too, and a crew refused to sail because of the poor condition of their life-jackets. The loss of another trawler, the Ross Cleveland, a few days later – with only one survivor from a crew of 19 – brought matters to a head, with the women going down to see the Labour government in London with the demands of a fisherman’s charter. New safety rules were introduced as a result – saving the lives of many not just in Hull but in ports around the country.

32t44: The Bullnose, St Andrew’s Dock entrance, 1982 – Docks

28th May 2017

The outer dock gate can just be seen under the pipes crossing the dock entrance, which can here be seen to go along the side of the building immediately to the west of the entrance, here named as ‘Industrial & Maritime Riggers Limited’.

The dock had at this time been out of use for almost seven years, and although there was some water beyond the lock it was severely silted up. The pipes are no longer there, but the lock is now full of mud and there is no access across the lock gates, though you can walk around where a new roadway has been laid across the dock entrance where there used to be a swing bridge.

32t53: St Andrew’s Dock entrance, the Bullnose and pipes, 1982 – Docks

29 May 2017

There is still a canopy over a loading bay here, although the factory is now Maizecor rather than R & W Paul Ltd, and there is still a concrete post with the sign for Scott St, and some way down the road the postwar council housing, and that decorative fence between Wincolmlee and the now vestigial end of Scott St is still there, but the buildings in the centre of this image have disappeared, replaced by some uninspired metal sheds and yards, doubtless much cheaper to maintain and serving a useful purpose.

The building which is on the corner of Catherine St and Scott St appears to have been built as the Vulcan Iron Works (unsurprisingly a common name for iron works) for Tindall & Co, Ironfounders. Around 1900 it was owned by Messrs Tindall, Earle and Hutchinson Ltd, Marine and General Engineers who among other things made engines for steel screw ships. In 1904 the works was divided and sold; among the occupants after this was H Smith & Co, Electrical Engineers, who may have made the lamp post on the corner in my picture.

It does seem a shame that a building which surely could have been renovated and put to new use like this has been lost – but its fate is so common in Hull. Had this and the nearby Scott Street Chapel been kept, this area with its still existing buildings on Wincolmlee, the hydraulic power station in Machell St and the listed Scott St Bridge would have been an interesting area and certainly one worthy of conservation.

33g12: Wincolmlee and Scott St from Jenning St, 1982 – River Hull

30th May 2017

An unprepossessing 20th century industrial building probably on Wincolmlee who made electrical harnesses – bundles of cables and connectors – for various makes of cars and other vehicles. Apparently Auto-Sparks Ltd Hull dates back to an electrical business founded by Mr Henry Colomb on Beverley Rd in the 1920s. Auto-Sparks Ltd was incorporated in April 1942 and a history page on the web site of its successor company, Autosparks reproduces the original company logo from 1954 when it was registered as a trade mark.

After the original owner and manager retired in the 1980s Auto-Sparks got into difficulties and collapsed in 1991. It was bought and moved to Sandiacre in Nottingham by R D Components who were specialists in classic motorbike and car harnesses and they took over the name as Autosparks, and in 2005 became Autosparks Ltd.

This picture was taken in December, and my attention was drawn to the building by the Christmas decorations drawn on its first-floor windows. And by wondering whatever an electric harness was.

33g21 Auto-Sparks Ltd, Electric Harness Manufacturers, Wincolmlee, 1982 – River Hull

31 May 2017

One of Hull’s Grade II listed buildings, Scott St Bridge, a hydraulically-powered double bascule bridge, was opened in 1901, and was ‘temporarily closed’ in November 1996. The operating machinery has since been removed – though the official listing in 1994 says it was renewed late C20 and calls the bridge ‘complete and operable’ which suggests that it has been deliberately allowed to deteriorate by the council.

An application was made for consent for partial demolition of this bridge in 2007, apparently to save the small annual maintenance cost of the bridge in its fixed upright condition. The cost of a full refurbishment to put it back into use was estimated at £3-5m, but some feel a rather cheaper solution could be engineered to allow pedestrian and cycle use. Some Hull Council members were extremely keen for it to be demolished, but plans were abandoned as it was thought unlikely that the necessary consent would be obtained from the Government Office.

There were surprisingly few objections to its demolition, with the Environment Agency, Hull Society, the Humber Archaeology Partnership and the 20th Century Society raising no objections. A ‘historical audit’ was carried out apparently concluding “the bridge should not be kept”. Fortunately English Heritage, the Victorian Society and the Ancient Monuments Society stood firm. English Heritage because a council demolishing a listed building it owned would be a bad example and the AMS realising its “intrinsic and historical value”.

As someone who has often had to detour on my walks, I find the conclusion that “there are alternative bridges crossing in the vicinity for pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicles” unsatisfactory. It adds around 900 metres to a journey from Scott St to St Mark St via North bridge or around 1100m via Sculcoates Bridge. Obviously this was a statement made by those who only ever travel by car.

The whole story of this bridge – and of the failure to conserve other buildings in the area – is a part of the cultural snobbism that regards industry and the monuments of industry as of little or no value. Given the tremendous importance of this country in the industrial revolution and scientific and engineering advances of the nineteenth and 20th century this is ludicrous. It’s a prejudice that English Heritage at least did a little (though not enough) to combat with its listing of structures such as this in the 1990s.

At the right of the picture is Grosvenor Mill and beyond that a ship is moored at a wharf – unfortunately the image is not sharp enough to read its name because of depth of field. All of the buildings visible on the bank beyond the mill are now demolished.

33g22: River Hull, downstream from Scott St Bridge, 1982 – River Hull

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Thursday, June 8th, 2017

I can’t remember when I first met and photographed Jeremy Corbyn, but it was probably in the early 1990s, though I might have seen him speaking from a distance at earlier events. It’s only easy to search my pictures since I started covering events with a digital camera – and here he is in 2004 in a protest against the torture of Iraqis by US troops:

And another from 2004, compering London’s annual Hiroshima Day event in Tavistock Square in August:

He spoke too in May 2005, supporting Palestine, when I commented “Jeremy Corbyn, not so happy to be missing the football as his local team were winning the cup, is another fine speaker.”

In November 2004 he was at Kings Cross at an event remembering the tragic fire there, and calling like the other speakers for proper safety procedures – which as I wrote “are particularly vital when as well as accidental disasters such as the king’s cross fire, the safety of the system is also threatened by deliberate terrorist attacks.”

These pictures are from my early days working with digital, and I’m sure I would now make them look better if I had time to go back and re-process them from the raw files. I was disappointed with Adobe when they bought out a technically superior product, which I still had but no longer worked with a new camera, and brought out Lightroom (though they did give us a free copy of the new software) but many versions later it has become considerably more powerful.

I’ve photographed Corbyn many times since then – and this is just one of many pictures from last year, with John McDonnell taking a picture for a supporter who is standing with him. But since he became Labour leader it has been rare to be able to do so without a scrum of other photographers pushing and elbowing to get a picture – and often I’ve just not bothered. And while in the past he always had time to stop for at least a quick word, now he gets rushed away by aides.

As well as taking pictures I’ve also listened to him speaking on many occasions, public and private and have always been impressed (even if I haven’t always agreed.) I’ve no idea how today’s vote will go but if he gets elected I’m sure he will go down in history as a worthy successor to the likes of Atlee, arguably the best prime minister of the last century. And the argument that he would oversee a worse job of negotiating over Brexit than Theresa May is frankly one that only billionaire newspaper owners can take seriously. If you have huge amounts in overseas tax havens it will be in your interest to get out today and vote Conservative. Otherwise I think it’s time for a change and I hope enough people agree with me to get it today.


April 2017

Monday, June 5th, 2017

April has been a hard slog, but finally is complete on My London Diary. I’m not sure why it has been quite so hard, though the Olympic Park update was a particularly long job. It took only two or three hours to walk around and make the images, but it was a whole day’s work on Sunday to process them – and that means around 12 hours on the computer. Most of the images are panoramic and these need rather more processing than standard images and Lightroom can’t do it all, so the files need to be written out into Photoshop as 24-bit ProPhoto Tiff files.

Computers age badly,  even worse than photographers, and I’m feeling my knees rather too much at the moment. But the pretty well state of the art machine I bought in 2011 is beginning to show its age, particularly when handling the 206 Mb  Tiff files that are behind the small jpegs I place on the web site. The Tiffs are 16 bit and 7360 x 4912 pixels, large enough to print at high quality around 24 inches wide – or display on a screen at any size you like up to billboard, but the jpegs are only 8 bit and 760 px wide. But I find myself waiting for images to load and process far too long.  Perhaps it’s time for a new computer.

Apr 2017

Class War Paper Launch at White Cube
Trump and May – Climate Disaster
Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike vigil
Olympic Park Update
International Workers’s Memorial Day
RMT protest driver only operation
LSE decorated against inequality & corruption
London Uni Security Officers strike
LGBT rights abuses in Chechnya
Scientists Rally for Science
Reform Family Courts
Scientists march for Science
Valley Gardens
Richmond to Greenford
Good Friday procession of witness
St Paul’s- Ecce Homo twice
Axe subsidy to massive polluter Drax

Human Chain at Latin Village

Against Chemical Warfare in Syria
Boat dwellers fight evictions
Zuma Must Go
UAF protest extreme right marches

Britain First & EDL exploit London attack
Iraqis protest US killing in Mosul
Youth protest over housing benefits loss
Flowers for London Victims
Motorcycle Theft Protest Ride

London Images


Refugees Still Welcome

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

The General Election campaign is back in full swing with less than a week to go before the vote. Like many I’ve been a little surprised at how well Jeremy Corbyn has been succeeding in getting his message across, despite a generally hostile press and media, though I’ve not been letting myself carried away.

Most shocking have been some of the statements made by a few hard-core opponents of him in the Labour Party, and even in the unlikely event of Corbyn being able to form a government it wouldn’t be surprising if there were enough defections from the party of candidates who got elected though a successful campaign that he led to immediately bring it down.

It’s been a disappointing to see too some of the compromises that Corbyn has had to make, presenting policies that he doesn’t believe in because they are Labour policies, voted for by conference. Wasting a small fortune on Trident is of course one of them; there must be ways those workers involved could be employed on something that makes sense, and time the unions involved were clamouring for this rather than supporting a white elephant for the sake of members’ jobs.

I’m sure too that Corbyn would like to be far more positive about the benefits of immigration and of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers than he has been in this campaign, and ending their often heartless and sometimes illegal persecution by the Home Office. Opinion polls show that the British population would give their support to a fairer and more welcoming approach, but one that his political opponents would pounce on. Labour have few promises, though they do state they would end the indefinite detention of migrants, but on refugees there is only the vague statement that Britain would take in its ‘fair share’.

Clearly the Conservative government have been against that – as the handful of Syrian refugees allowed in and the failure to live up to the Dubs Amendment over bringing in refugee children have shown.

I wasn’t in Parliament Square for all of the rally, and missed the Lord Dubs who was the only Labour politician to speak, along with Caroline Lucas MP for the Green Party and a Lib Dem campaigner Shas Sheehan. I did see Vanessa Redgrave (who I’d also photographed earlier) and Jeremy Hardy, but there were very few MPs making themselves known.

More  at Refugees Welcome Here


What Housing Crisis?

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

I was going to write something about the so-called housing crisis in a week or two, when mentioning the appearance at the LSE’s 3-day ‘Resist’ festival of Simon Elmer (above) of Architects for Social Housing (ASH).

Lisa McKenzie who organised ‘Resist’ – one of several reasons for her victimisation by the LSE

On that occasion he gave a passionate and well-argued and evidenced indictment, ‘The Intellectual Bloodstain’ on a report by a group of LSE academics on Kidbrooke Village, a development by Berkeley Homes and Southern Housing, which you can read a little more about at Simon Elmer of ASH indicts LSE. What prompts me to come back to housing earlier is a recent post on the Ash Website, 10 Myths about London’s Housing Crisis.

Housing has of course emerged as an issue, if a relatively minor one, in the election campaign. And what is if not a crisis certainly a disaster is that both main parties have got the issue seriously wrong.

10 Myths…‘ was commissioned by The Guardian, but when they saw it they refused to publish it, one reason why I’m sharing it here. Both Tories and Labour have, possibly for slightly different reasons, delegated their housing policies to the developers and estate agents. The Tories because they and many of their backers are doing very nicely thank you out of the huge boom in property prices, and Labour, or at least New Labour who run many Labour local councils see selling off the council estates – realising their asset values – as a short-term solution to all the squeezes on local authority budgets.

Inhabitants of the Heygate Estate were early victims of Labour-led regeneration

What the Labour left think on the subject is something of a mystery, though possibly if they emerge stronger from the general election they may feel they can speak up for the currently down-trodden and oppressed council tenants rather than stay stum about their problems. But I wouldn’t bank on it even if we do get that unlikely Corbyn victory.

I have some reservations about Elmer’s first point, that rather than a crisis the present housing situation has been “been carefully prepared and legislated for by those who have the most to gain from it.” While he is right to suggest that it is more a scandal than a crisis, it has been one which is only partly down to deliberate plans and has been greatly assisted by unforeseen events.

When New Labour first set out their plans for regeneration they failed to envisage the extremes of inducements that developers would use to bribe councillors and councils, nor the huge gap in bargaining competency between long-practising private sector and naive public servants. Something of course that is also responsible for the huge cash crisis of the NHS – the PFI elephant that seldom seems to merit attention.

But the remaining nine points are I think straight down the line, and its an article that I commend to you – as well as to all politicians. If you really want to contribute to solving the ‘housing crisis’, you need to understand what it rally is. So should we wake up on June 9th with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister I rather hope he and his colleagues will have time to read this and take appropriate action. It it’s May again then if you are one of the millions affected  by the ‘housing crisis’ you should read it to find out why you are being shafted.

Simon Elmer of ASH indicts LSE
10 Myths about London’s Housing Crisis