Walk a mile in these shoes?

Dear David Cameron

Instead of holidaying in Tuscany, imagine your children sleeping next to this mould in a flat in inner-city London.

Someone's home: London 2011

Instead of having Michelle Obama round for coffee on the sofa in your kitchen, why not knock on this door and ask for a cuppa and a chat.

Someone's home: London 2011

Just imagine living with this mould in your house everyday. How’s it going to make you feel – happy, healthy, hopeful? I lived with mould like this in a flat once. It made the walls crumble and the windows rot. It made the ceiling black. It turns your freshly laundered clothes mouldy and it infests your baby’s push chair and cot. Think about it for a moment and sing along with Elvis (via songwriter Joe South).

Someone's home: London 2011

If I could be you, if you could be me
For just one hour, if we could find a way
To get inside each other’s mind
If you could see you through my eyes
Instead your own ego I believe you’d be
I believe you’d be surprised to see
That you’ve been blind

Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes

Now if we spend the day
Throwin’ stones at one another
‘Cause I don’t think, ’cause I don’t think
Or wear my hair the same way you do
Well, I may be common people
But I’m your brother
And when you strike out
You’re tryin’ to hurt me
It’s hurtin’ you, Lord HAVE mercy

Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes

Now there are people on reservations
And out in the ghetto
And brother there, but, for the grace of God
Go you and I,
If I only had wings of a little angel
Don’t you know, I’d fly
To the top of a mountain
And then I’d cry, cry, cry

Walk a mile in my shoes
just walk a mile in my shoes
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse
Then walk a mile in my shoes

Posted on August 15, 2011, in Architecture, Children, News, Photography, Politics and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I once spent two nights in a hostel in NY that looked very similar to that. I could never imagine having to spend my whole life somewhere like that

  2. Nothing a tin of paint won’t cover up! šŸ˜‰

    And the Government will take a big tin of paint to address problems, well lots of tins of paint, and nothing will change. šŸ˜¦

    • *wrings hands*

      Despite investment in social housing by the last government they can’t actually get rid of problems like mould endemic in badly designed buildings. There was an architect on Radio 4 at the weekend who recreated similar living conditions and found that it quickly (within a week) had a physical effect on his medical wellbeing. I need to find the details and post up, but just imagine what it does to your overall wellbeing.

      There is a new mould treatment system in place now, so perhaps it will be more successful. In the worst cases the walls/ceilings are being covered in sheets of what looks like rubber matting. No doubt it’s expensive, but we can’t rebuild all the housing. Badly designed blocks of flats have an awful lot to answer for. Did you know there is no planning restriction on the amount of living space someone should have? There was, but it was removed in the 1980s I think: we could live in shoeboxes theoretically…

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