Enough Is Enough – Make Discrimination in the housing market against the unemployed and the poor unlawful by engraving our Human Basic Right for accommodation into a LAW
Let me give you in this blog my own recent life example. A Philosopher entrapped by mean and vicious human beings, who many of them speak with such a passion for the good of society. Like Stephen Cowan. But behind the scenes do not even pick up their phones or ever try to reply to your emails. Even though they are the councillors of the council or other people whom we have entrusted to control social power.
So as such people make you think: How comes that such assumed honourable people, some with social power in their hands. Like the people of London's Local governments. And some without any power at all, except owning a house in London. How come that they discriminate so openly against the poor and the unemployed in the middle of a Pandemic and in the middle of London town?
And despite this deep and horrible form of discrimination, still everything runs so smooth and everyone in this town thinks that this okay?
How can discrimination of any form be okay, anyways?
I still have in my mind a phrase of a London landlord who said "You don't know me. How good that I am."
And you may say, why did he say that? He said that in response to my statement that had expressed these ideas: - You are discriminating against me and other people in as such conditions by not allowing people, who receive universal credit, to rent your property.
So as I was trying, and as I still try because I have not found a place to live with tenancy rights in a year, to find a place to live with tenancy rights.
So, I found myself discriminated by the landlords of London in the housing market. And discriminated by the letting agencies, who many of them worked for local governments. Like Hammersmith and Fulham Council. Westminster Council. Kensington and Chelsea etc.
In as such conditions feelings of over depression and over anxiety. Lack of concentration, feeling numb from anti depressants and feeling down and like wanting to explode from headache. Or like wanting to explode from the feeling of discrimination and injustice. Feeling pain and despair deep in my human soul from political Oppression. These feelings were something that were unavoidable. And as common as the daily food. Coming every now and then to try and destroy your soul.
And here, it was the overwhelming load of stress that subconsciously would overcome me and still overcomes me at times. To a point where at times, I writhe for survival from over depression and over anxiety. Like a wounded man in war or a man in mental seizures.
The war and the seizures coming from open political discrimination against the oppressed and the poor of our city. 6 million people in Universal Credit due to the pandemic. Plenty of discrimination around. And a dead Silence by the Happy and well paid writers of the British Press...
Very Good. Do you really expect truth, justice and power to be held accountable by well paid writers and billionaire media? That is the same, like expecting the capitalists to not exploit their labourers. Because they are honourable capitalists.
And so hence, you may say, there is not need to make laws that hold the powerful accountable!
History, however, has spoken to us of bad deeds and bad facts about these honourable capitalists.
Nevertheless, let us be honest. Discrimination because you are poor and unemployed is called Political Oppression of the worst kind. For it takes out of you a basic human right that enables one to live in dignity in a civilised society.
Man is a maker, a doer and a thinker. But in a civilised society there are rules that restrict your human power almost in its maximum. For in a civilised society one cannot just go in a forest or open field, that is in the wild. And in there to set up his own shelter with a roof above his head to defend himself from cold and freezing weather.
So, I want to say that in a civilised society things are not like it was in the far past.
Therefore, in civilised society everything is regulated by society or more exactly by our leaders who are entrusted to defend the rights of everyone in our society.
Hence, in society, one needs permission by people who control our social power in order to unleash his or her power as a doer, maker and thinker.
Thus now, I ask, you leaders of our society, who regulate everything and are entrusted to defend our rights. Why don’t you gives us a permission to live in dignity in a civilised society?
Why don’t you defend my rights or the rights of the very poor and the very oppressed? And engrave these rights into a law? So, WE can have shelter and a roof above our heads. So we do not despair and die badly in pain, there in the street under hail and rain and cold and frost and discriminated because we are unemployed or poor?
SO WE ARE ALLOWED TO RENT A PROPERTY and live in dignity. And no one dares to discriminate against us because we are unemployed or poor. So?
Are you telling me that now to be poor and oppressed has become a shame?
Hence, a political body that on purpose does not regulate or make FAIR by laws the housing market curses the oppressed to despair and death in a civilised society. And on purpose creates a form of cruel oppression. And on purpose discriminates against you as a poor and unemployed being. A being that is part of the reserve army of labour of Das Capital.
What is the purpose of not regulating or not making fair the housing market with laws?
Why is there such a big hesitancy to make discrimination against the poor and the unemployed illegal? you may ask.
The purpose is easy understood by a simple logic. And this purpose as ever supports the strongest and oppresses the weak in our society. This is clear as day political corruption and political oppression. A form of thinking that has its roots at the gestation of the capitalist thinking in the U.K.
Thus because there is no one protesting and screaming up there for the political world to hear our pain. Thus, because of this ignominious silence, we see the politicians of today turn a blind eye. There, where pain screams to heaven for justice and basic human rights.
And thus because of the same silence, our leaders or politicians allow discrimination against the poor and the unemployed to continue. Say that it is okay!
Now first of all let us understand the idea of discrimination here. And how does it happen.
The majority or say 99% of letting agencies and landlords of London in the past used to say, No DSS. This form of discrimination I have lived every time that I was unemployed in London.
However, what I didn't know so far, it was the innermost feelings and workings of the London's Local governments.
And unfortunately, these innermost feelings of the body politic of the London’s local governments showed that letting agencies, who discriminated against the poor and the unemployed, were working for London local GOVERNMENTS as well. And making Millions out of this open discrimination.
A hotel where I was staying. And that was working with Hammersmith council and other london’s local governments. This hotel made £43,000 per month from people, like myself, who couldn’t find shelter because of discrimination in the London’s housing market.
This hotel was triple paid for places that were equal to animal stables. Small, dirty and unliveable.
So, do these facts speak to you of corruption and injustice or of justice and fairness in our London Town? Just think. Because I know what this means.
Now in the recent years, this "No DSS" phrase had become as stale and dry and humiliating as a phrase as it was the old and famous phrase of the past racist Britain. Racist Britain that rumbled wildly in the past by saying: No Irish, no blacks and no dogs."
So after years of hard work this phrase finally lost in a court of law. And no DSS disappeared. But did discrimination disappear though?
"No DSS: Landmark court ruling confirms housing benefit discrimination is unlawful
Posted 14 Jul 2020 by England.shelter.org
"In a landmark ruling handed down at York County Court," wrote Shelter England in July 2020, "housing benefit discrimination has been judged unlawful and in breach of the Equality Act. This is a huge breakthrough for the charity’s End DSS Discrimination campaign.
Unfortunately discrimination did not disappear because of this big win in a court of law. Instead, discrimination against the poor and the unemployed turned out and became more subtle and less perceptible.
So letting agencies across the internet world, like SpareRoom, Gumtree, etc., invented a new phrase. A praise that was engraved shamelessly below their discriminatory housing ads saying: “Landlord’s mortgage/insurance prohibits renting to Housing Benefit recipients.”
That means now discrimination was not because of the letting agencies nor because of the landlords of London. Rather now this happened because of the Landlord’s mortgage or insurance!
Jesus Christ support me from the thinking of those who want to make money by discriminating against the most oppressed part of this society - the unemployed or people in benefits. Who are looking for work to serve to our society with dignity.
Now these letting agencies are so thick that they didn’t comprehend that this form of discrimination was not different from the former. Nor did they seem to have thought that this form of discrimination looked even worse than that old and stale phrase printed across the internet - NO DSS.
For now, according to this new reason for discrimination, we see that discrimination was created and made by mortgage companies. That are banks and powerful corporations etc.
Now, as of 10 April 2021, after I raised my voice of this form of discrimination. This form of discrimination seemingly has disappeared.. That means, letting agencies are not writing this phrase anymore.
So the level of discrimination has become even more subtle. And thus, when you contact letting agencies and private landlords they simply reply to you saying that, they do not accept housing benefit.
That means from expressing discrimination open in writing for decades. Now letting agencies and landlords of London and of the U.K have changed the tactic of discriminating against the poor. That is, they do not want to be watched with hard facts in their hands. Like writing it all out, No DSS or … like writing, “Landlord’s mortgage/insurance prohibits renting to Housing Benefit recipients.”
Hence, now, they say it out to you on the phone or privately in your message when they learn that you are unemployed. They say to you the same thing that they have said for decades in row. We do not accept unemployed people to rent our properties.
So it does not matter whether it says “No DSS or … “Landlord’s mortgage/insurance prohibits renting to Housing Benefit recipients.” This is
shameful and disgraceful. And outright discrimination against the poor and the unemployed.
Hence, I think that it is high time that our basic human right of living in dignity in society is engraved in a new law. Let the assumed honourable, good and just of this society, who own properties and run letting agencies, that discrimination against the unemployed or the poor is morally unjust, and therefor unlawful and illegal.
That’s what I call justice and reason - that which is reasonably and morally just and good for our society.
And you, who do not allow us as unemployed members of this society to rent a property in this society just because we are unemployed. This is morally corrupt. Totally unjust. With no footing of any form of balanced thinking at all. And hence outrightly unfair and....