The first of what I hope will be many commentators on our crumbling society by former colleague LAURA BURDON-MANLEY.
Utterly defeated and betrayed by greedy London landlords. Helping a single mother who has dedictaed 30 years of her life as a public sector teacher find a 2 bedroom apartment in London. I have been shown the scummiest apartments inbetween nowhere land and stop you’ll probably be robbed street that will cost the majority of her monthly wage. Let’s do it, I said to the Greedy Landlord’s agent (because the majority of them are faceless), I’m sure she’ll have no problem cancelling Christmas, holidays, going out even one day a week to seek solace away from her 5am to 8pm job to have a meal with friends, all exercise/ gym classes that would prevent her from collapsing from terrible posture caused by the stress of the ludicrous hours and mountains of bureaucracy that teachers are expected to complete on a weekly basis; all to keep you Greedy Landlord not having to send your own children to the comprehensive schools that people like her teach, therefore widening the conscientious gap between the two of you further. However I don’t blame you Greedy Landlord, since the government not only allows this to happen but actively encourages it by continuing to sell off previously government owned affordable houses, leaving dedicated and driven public sector workers without a home and Greedy Landlords unaware of the effects of an uncontrolled unsustainable rental market.