Jan 142014
 

Following on from the previous post, here is my response to the Welsh Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government’s Housing (Wales) Bill. The deadline for responses is Friday, so if you want to make a point then do it now, and send it to CELGCommittee@wales.gov.uk.

In case the PDF version below should disappear (as they have a habit of doing) the document should be available here.

 

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Galés Patagónico (@gwynn10)
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Hi Jac,
It’s nice to tell the AMs what they can do with themselves but I think that your letter is destined for a filing cabinet.

One way of making mores homes available for people in Wales would be to introduce a Capital Gains Tax of 100% on all second homes.

J
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It would have been nice if you could have made this same point without using language that is demeaning and demonising of the working class English. Reference to “tracksuit bottoms” and “£100 scratch card habits” is frankly little more than offensive caricature in what could have been a reasoned submission on their sneaking past devolution by the backdoor. A shame, really.

Tarian
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Great work Jac. I don’t like using terms like white trash but sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. Often these people are long term workless with a raft of social, medical and sometimes substance misuse problems. The bottom line: How do you improve the prospects of the long term workless by moving them to unemployment blackspots with existing social problems and strained public services? You can’t. It… Read more »
Brychan
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Here we see MPs in the home counties of England objecting to using housing in coastal communities as dumping grounds….
http://www.thisiskent.co.uk/Lambeth-Council-makes-Thanet-dumping-ground/story-18619562-detail/story.html#axzz2qZsgVNip
But if someone objects in Wales we’re called racists.

Daley Gleephart
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Wow! 4 properties in different locations = dumping ground

welshnewsonline
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Hey Jac. Have you seen this? http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/454411/What-a-farce-Violent-criminal-escapes-deportation-due-to-confusion-over-his-nationality ”Joland Giwa, 24, was the former leader of notorious London gang Don’t Say Nothing based in Croydon, south London, and he commanded up to 80 members behind a series of stabbings, shootings and killings. He was behind bars for more than four years after finishing a jail sentence for a string of street robberies. Immigration officials have struggled to establish his nationality –… Read more »
Daley Gleephart
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It is a disgrace but, unfortunately, it is still legal to buy the Daily Express.

daffy2012
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I suspect if Mr Joland Giwa commits some serious crimes here, BBC in Wales will describe him as a ‘local man’.

Daley Gleephart
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Has BBC News, Wales ever described a west African male as a ‘local man’?

Brychan
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Yes. Victim of trafficking, Taiwo Ayinde, a Nigerian asylum seeker, worked as a volunteer for Sue Ryder Cancer Care in Cardiff, was deported in 2008. The Western Mail did report his involvement in ‘Nigeria Community Wales’. It appears the policy imposed by the British Government on foreign nationals in Wales is to deport the victims and deserving workers, while at the same time, dump the gangsters and criminals.

Daley Gleephart
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There is a big difference between the BBC stating “Ms Ayinde had become very involved in the local community” and describing a west African as ‘local’.

Brychan
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The BBC says “Cardiff-based Barwood Land and Estates has lodged an outline application for the site” relating to 1700 homes in Bodelwyddan.
This is a strange claim as Barwood Land and Estates is based at Roman Way, Northampton.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-25780155
http://www.barwoodland.com/contact-us/
Is this just sloppy journalism from the BBC or putting a deliberate spin on ‘housing issues’?

Robert Tyler
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From the only decent Lab MP in Wales: Dear Theresa, Transfer of Mr Joland Giwa to Newport. Enclosed is a report from today’s South Wales Argus. I understand that the Home Office isrefusing to confirm the present location of Mr Giwa. I write presuming that the South Wales Argus story is accurate. Understandably there is deep outrage and anger that a man described as a ‘dangerous criminal’ and a ‘serious… Read more »
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