A subject that should inflame anybody with a sense of equality and decency is that of 'poor-doors'. They are hardly a new phenomenon, but with the accelerated construction of 'luxury' housing in London (and where the contract specifies 'affordable' housing to be provided at the same site too), it is one that more people are becoming aware of though protests such as these and personal experience.
The poor-door for the affordable flats located at One Commercial Street, E5 happens to be down a piss-soaked ill-lit alley beside the building. It is a 2nd class entrance apparently deliberately designed to reinforce your 2nd rate status. Don't forget, you can't use the main entrance, it is not connected to your flat.
So 'suck on that' is the message.
The door hardly inspires confidence once you reach it. What better to say that you are a second class citizen than not being allowed to share the busy main entrance?
My photo has 'prettified' it though. There is no sky - the light in the photo above is all reflected from the side of One Commercial Street and the offices over the road, seamlessly. Top right is the nearest it gets during the day, and just try counting the lamps that illuminate it at night...
This evening the poor door might have been the preferred entrance considering what was going on at the front door...
Most of us were having a good time and getting across a serious message.
Of course, by this time, getting in the poor-door was not without difficulties
It was a lively demo, lots of people and banners
Really good to see a Durham Miners banner. Pity more from the TUC march that afternoon couldn't have shown some support
The photo above gives a better idea of the lack of light in the alleyway.
Finally, an obvious one to end with. Roll on...