On 11 April 2014, out canvassing in Willesden Green, I met with vocal residents. Martin Thompson (pictured) particularly resonated with me. In a broad-ranging discussion, he spoke about the impact of forced evictions on neighbours, “Why does central government continue to let local councils act like this?” I guess part of the obscenity is that at all levels government conspires with itself. Martin also spoke about youth becoming socially excluded and the failed rehabilitative pretensions of the prisons. In summary, he chimed, “People have the power but they mistakenly give their power to Labour and Conservatives.”
In another encounter, residents on Bertie Street complained to me that ours was the fifth election of recent times in which still no improvement was forthcoming to the pavement on their street. Rajinikant Patel (pictured) and his wife complained about the tarmacked pavement on their side of the street increasing slippages for disabled and elderly neighbours. When I sought clarification on how long he exactly meant, Mr Patel confirmed it was 20 years (5 times 4-yearly council elections).