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‘No Hackney High-rise’?.. So where is everyone going to live?

‘No Hackney High-rise’?.. So where is everyone going to live?

  Despite London’s status as a leading world capital our city has some very serious problems affecting its potential and that of its inhabitants – namely a chronic and dire housing shortage, the smallest room-sizes to be found anywhere in the western world, and prices so high that they exclude all but the very wealthy from buying a home […]

Who’s kidding who over Stoke Newington’s Sainsbury’s proposal

Who’s kidding who over Stoke Newington’s Sainsbury’s proposal

If there is one thing trendy white urban middle classes (affectionately known as WUMC’s) in London like, it’s a good fight on their own turf when they feel threatened by big corporations or local government. Inspired in part by snobbery, it’s tribalism with a hint of smugness, and self-entitlement thrown in with a pinch of […]

Puritanical borough of Hackney bans ‘sex’ establishments

Puritanical borough of Hackney bans ‘sex’ establishments

“Earlier draconian proposals included that all ‘sex’ establishments to be located below ground level with entrances “away from main thoroughfare”, meaning anywhere but the high street it’s located on.  An alley maybe?” Hackney council have agreed to ban any future adult establishments in the borough despite protest from employees of adult establishments, and 67 per […]

Alessandra of Surrey?

Alessandra of Surrey?

So Alessandra Williams a prospective independent parliamentary candidate for Hackney North & Stoke Newington, resides in leafy, stockbroker belt Reigate Surrey – nowhere close to East London and definitely not in Hackney. While it’s not uncommon for prospective MPs to eye constituencies far from their homes, Hackney Hive, most visitors to this site and I, […]