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Mike Weatherley attacked at University of Sussex

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Anna Roberts, Crime reporter

    Mike Weatherley was mobbed by students and pro-squatting protesters
  • Reports suggest rocks were thrown at the Hove MP

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StyleCop 3:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

I blame the greens... like beiruit out there!

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Algeria Touchshriek 3:35pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Shows what utter filth and scum left wingers.

I hope the police catch each and every one of them and, if students, are immediately expelled from the University.

Utter, utter scum.

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Kiddon72 3:39pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Is this the "soul" that the university is at risk of selling ?

One would like to think that these so called educated students understood the concept of democracy instead of which they demonstrate mob rule.

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DaveAlmighty 3:40pm Wed 14 Nov 12

£10 says 95% of them are art and drama students.

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wietraurig 3:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Having watched the video above, I conclude that this is a storm in a teacup. A few students shouting at a police van, then standing around chatting and drinking coffee. Not quite the violent conflagration suggested by the headline.
Move along please, nothing to see here...

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Crystal Ball 3:42pm Wed 14 Nov 12

So "Peaceful protests" now escalates to assault with weapons?

If students, were they supposed to be at a lecture or "off sick"? Same goes for those that might have jobs but chose not to be there for this purpose.

Lots of faces on camera to trace perpetrators.

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Honey68 3:44pm Wed 14 Nov 12

this is our future generation? as frustrated as they may be, is this really the behaviour of supposedly intelligent people? I think not!

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sbiscorrupt 3:45pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Hardly surprising if you pick on the vulnerable and then crow about it...

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dhamallamafarmer 3:47pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Algeria Touchshriek wrote…


Shows what utter filth and scum left wingers.

I hope the police catch each and every one of them and, if students, are immediately expelled from the University.

Utter, utter scum.

But Wetherley is suppose do t be left wing since he's a member of the Labour Party. Think of it like a snake biting its own tail.
Nothing for right wing reactionary ignorami to get worked up about, move along & please don't step on the flowers.

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PorkBoat 3:50pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Turn the hoses on them!

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wietraurig 3:52pm Wed 14 Nov 12

dhamallamafarmer wrote…


Algeria Touchshriek wrote…


Shows what utter filth and scum left wingers.

I hope the police catch each and every one of them and, if students, are immediately expelled from the University.

Utter, utter scum.
But Wetherley is suppose do t be left wing since he's a member of the Labour Party. Think of it like a snake biting its own tail.
Nothing for right wing reactionary ignorami to get worked up about, move along & please don't step on the flowers.

He's many things, but I'm fairly sure he isn't a member of the Labour party...
http://www.mikeweath
erleymp.com/

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ya basta 3:54pm Wed 14 Nov 12

"Reports suggest rocks were thrown at the Hove MP" - I'll believe it when I see proof.

Did Weatherley's office tell you that? Wouldn't be the first time they've lied. Like the time they said an "anti-semitic campaigner" threw glitter on Nembeth. Campaigner turned out to be Jewish.

Oh and Weatherley didn't just "sponsor anti-squatting laws through Parliament". He wrote the anti squatting bill.

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Fercri Sakes 3:54pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Sussex University has a history of anti-establishment movements and I don't see why the current times, where the rich have been systematically raiding the wealth of the middle and lower classes, should be any different.

And as to the question if this is the behavior of intelligent people then yes, it seems like they're thinking for themselves and not buying the usual rhetorical claptrap right-wing politicians say.

Does seem like a storm in a tea cup though.

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dhamallamafarmer 3:54pm Wed 14 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt wrote…


Hardly surprising if you pick on the vulnerable and then crow about it...

I have to disagree, if you're going to legislate against many of society's most vulnerable and marginalised members you hardly expect them to get all uppity and act up do you? You certainly don't expect them to have support from nice, educated, middle class citizens.
We lost all our money to the bankers and we want it back from the unemployed, tax rises on those on middle to low incomes and spending cuts. We don't expect those we're screwing to answer back! (I know Wetherley is Labour but still,
he's an MP, he's one of Them, not one of Us.)

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John Steed 3:55pm Wed 14 Nov 12

cretins

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wietraurig 3:55pm Wed 14 Nov 12

dhamallamafarmer wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Hardly surprising if you pick on the vulnerable and then crow about it...
I have to disagree, if you're going to legislate against many of society's most vulnerable and marginalised members you hardly expect them to get all uppity and act up do you? You certainly don't expect them to have support from nice, educated, middle class citizens.
We lost all our money to the bankers and we want it back from the unemployed, tax rises on those on middle to low incomes and spending cuts. We don't expect those we're screwing to answer back! (I know Wetherley is Labour but still,
he's an MP, he's one of Them, not one of Us.)

How many times, he's not flipping Labour!
http://www.mikeweath
erleymp.com/

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dhamallamafarmer 3:59pm Wed 14 Nov 12

wietraurig wrote…


dhamallamafarmer wrote…


Algeria Touchshriek wrote…


Shows what utter filth and scum left wingers.

I hope the police catch each and every one of them and, if students, are immediately expelled from the University.

Utter, utter scum.
But Wetherley is suppose do t be left wing since he's a member of the Labour Party. Think of it like a snake biting its own tail.
Nothing for right wing reactionary ignorami to get worked up about, move along & please don't step on the flowers.
He's many things, but I'm fairly sure he isn't a member of the Labour party...
http://www.mikeweath

erleymp.com/

Now why did I think he was Labour, explains a lot about why I didn't get a reply to a certain email I sent about his colleague & scruffbag Simon Kirby!

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[deleted] 4:03pm Wed 14 Nov 12
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theleftygiraffe 4:03pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mike Weatherly deserves pretty much everything that he gets, he's a nasty piece of work who's out there to make the sure those without housing stay without housing, presumably so he can then introduce a tax on them or something.

I'd rather be a left-wing scum bag student than a tory.

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ya basta 4:05pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Its been illegal to squat in a used property since 1976.

Weatherley's new law means simply stops people using empty building that are boarded up and left to fall into disrepair by their owners.

The country has a massive housing crisis and all he's done is keep empty unused buildings, empty and unused.

He should have wrote a law chastising people who leave buildings to fall apart when there are thousands who need homes.

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leobrighton 4:05pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Typical thick stupid comments on the Arsegas website. Some of you even think he's Labour

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Alan Duffy 4:06pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Good for him, supporting/writing anti squatting laws, let the great unwashed get jobs, and stop relying on the rest of society to help them out.

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wereallgonnadiesomeday 4:07pm Wed 14 Nov 12

He's a Tory and I support the cause of the protesters. The more protesting the better I say! Many of the people in the film however are just Sussex employees whom had to evacuate the building as he ran in there to escape.

I don't agree with those that tried to physically attack him but you always get a few idiots within any group of people, anywhere.

You should always expect public protest as a politician and it should be celebrated as part of living within a democracy. Power to the people! Keep up the peaceful protesting! (to those that did this)

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leobrighton 4:07pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Oh and I'm with the students on this one he deserves it

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AmboGuy 4:09pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Squatters have been throwing missiles at police and anyone who doesn't agree with them for years. These people are nothing but the scum of the earth.

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Dave in Hastings 4:11pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Good for the students. Let's hope we start to get some real reaction from the masses to the corruption of the ruling elite in this country and globally. Mind you, I'm not holding my breath. Too many people are completely politically ignorant, and have bought the Daily Mail / Sun / Torygraph line that it's all the fault of benefit scroungers, while the very few at the top cream off all the wealth for themselves.
As a sign of this ignorance, I point you to the people above, who think a raving right winger like Weatherley is Labour. Gawd help us!

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Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit 4:14pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Well I'm firmly on the side of the protestors. Glad to see some people have still got a bit of spirit.

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dhamallamafarmer 4:16pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Dave in Hastings wrote…


Good for the students. Let's hope we start to get some real reaction from the masses to the corruption of the ruling elite in this country and globally. Mind you, I'm not holding my breath. Too many people are completely politically ignorant, and have bought the Daily Mail / Sun / Torygraph line that it's all the fault of benefit scroungers, while the very few at the top cream off all the wealth for themselves.
As a sign of this ignorance, I point you to the people above, who think a raving right winger like Weatherley is Labour. Gawd help us!

Aha ha ha, the very reason I thought he was a Labour MP was from a story I read in this august organ some months ago! Garbage in Garbage out...

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The Baron Pepperpot 4:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

it's the GREENS, my cat has done a whoopsee on the carpet, my car as broken down, it's warm when it should be raining and it gets dark early.. and now this. It's the GREENS I tell ya... err...

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The Baron Pepperpot 4:19pm Wed 14 Nov 12

PorkBoat wrote…


Turn the hoses on them!

Oh that's a poor one, and I was so looking forward to your contribution..

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dhamallamafarmer 4:20pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Aha ha ha! Did you report me for upsetting you just for suggesting that you take a moment and let other people catch up rather than getting all petty and 'frustrated?'
Oh & I meant he was a right wing coat, what did you think I meant? Naughty you!
Poor kitten, don't you think we'll ever be friends?

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Mark22 4:20pm Wed 14 Nov 12

As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.

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wereallgonnadiesomeday 4:21pm Wed 14 Nov 12

AmboGuy wrote…


Squatters have been throwing missiles at police and anyone who doesn't agree with them for years. These people are nothing but the scum of the earth.

Is there a scale of those who are branded "scum of the earth"? If so, where is Jimmy Saville and Margaret Thatcher on this scale, compared to said squatters? Just wondering...

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Poccypoc 4:21pm Wed 14 Nov 12

What a bunch of thugs and scroungers?! If I had a watter cannon lorry, I'd drive up there and hose these parasites into the sea.

I've never voted Conservative, but why should we pay our mortgages and rent and these wasters get everything for nothing?

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Poccypoc 4:22pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Poccypoc wrote…


What a bunch of thugs and scroungers?! If I had a watter cannon lorry, I'd drive up there and hose these parasites into the sea.

I've never voted Conservative, but why should we pay our mortgages and rent and these wasters get everything for nothing?

Water, sorry.

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wietraurig 4:24pm Wed 14 Nov 12

dhamallamafarmer wrote…


Aha ha ha! Did you report me for upsetting you just for suggesting that you take a moment and let other people catch up rather than getting all petty and 'frustrated?'
Oh & I meant he was a right wing coat, what did you think I meant? Naughty you!
Poor kitten, don't you think we'll ever be friends?

Nope -- didn't report you. Sorry to disappoint you.

I agree with your description of him, as it happens. I'm just not daft enough to put it in a post, which will then get deleted.

Suspect we won't be friends though.

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Mark22 4:24pm Wed 14 Nov 12

furthermore rocks WERE thrown so those speculating should not pass judgement on such things

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dhamallamafarmer 4:28pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Poccypoc wrote…


Poccypoc wrote…


What a bunch of thugs and scroungers?! If I had a watter cannon lorry, I'd drive up there and hose these parasites into the sea.

I've never voted Conservative, but why should we pay our mortgages and rent and these wasters get everything for nothing?
Water, sorry.

Because homeless people begging on the streets while derelict buildings crumble and rot is a far more attractive image of Merrie Olde England than those who have helping out those who have not.

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Kiddon72 4:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.

Sadly Mark it is not the sensible students like yourself that will be thought of when Sussex university is mentioned.
The university will be remembered for it's idiots and not its graduates.

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sbiscorrupt 4:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.

There goes all our future hopes if, as you say, the 'majority of students' won't protest when faced with with an attack on the vulnerable in our society...

Be sure to wash that brown stain off your tongue when you run home to mummy!

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Hovite 4:33pm Wed 14 Nov 12

I’m pretty sure that 75 % of comments posted in the Argus are submitted by people with a really strong chimpanzee gene. Oh well, that’s evolution for you.

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dhamallamafarmer 4:33pm Wed 14 Nov 12

wietraurig wrote…


dhamallamafarmer wrote…


Aha ha ha! Did you report me for upsetting you just for suggesting that you take a moment and let other people catch up rather than getting all petty and 'frustrated?'
Oh & I meant he was a right wing coat, what did you think I meant? Naughty you!
Poor kitten, don't you think we'll ever be friends?
Nope -- didn't report you. Sorry to disappoint you.

I agree with your description of him, as it happens. I'm just not daft enough to put it in a post, which will then get deleted.

Suspect we won't be friends though.

I'm bitterly crushed, trying to have a conversation & someone butts in & has things deleted. Touchy.
& of course it's impossible to say anything too inflamatory since bad words get starred out.
It's a shame we won't be friends, I could use someone to pick up on every time I make a mistake. I wouldn't even be one of those needy friends since it happens so very very rarely.

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Mark22 4:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.
There goes all our future hopes if, as you say, the 'majority of students' won't protest when faced with with an attack on the vulnerable in our society...

Be sure to wash that brown stain off your tongue when you run home to mummy!

Completely void comment sbiscorrupt, students invited Mike Weatherley onto campus to have a debate and talk about it properly in a reasoned debate. Most of us are studying for our degrees and yes, that is more important to many us than the squatting law. If you believe in a 'future' in which the brightest young minds of our country violently attack people they disagree with you sir, are very very confused. Peaceful discussion is the way forward, these people were throwing rocks and many of them were not even students, they put many of our students and staff at risk. So stop your nonsense about brown tongues and keep your ridiculous interpretations on events to yourself.

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Rotters 4:46pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Great video! Well done Sussex students - good show! :)

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sbiscorrupt 4:53pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mark22 wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.
There goes all our future hopes if, as you say, the 'majority of students' won't protest when faced with with an attack on the vulnerable in our society...

Be sure to wash that brown stain off your tongue when you run home to mummy!
Completely void comment sbiscorrupt, students invited Mike Weatherley onto campus to have a debate and talk about it properly in a reasoned debate. Most of us are studying for our degrees and yes, that is more important to many us than the squatting law. If you believe in a 'future' in which the brightest young minds of our country violently attack people they disagree with you sir, are very very confused. Peaceful discussion is the way forward, these people were throwing rocks and many of them were not even students, they put many of our students and staff at risk. So stop your nonsense about brown tongues and keep your ridiculous interpretations on events to yourself.

That's the spirit....get worked up about something!

I assume you aren't studying history, as if you were you might happen to notice that many of our current 'leaders' took part in demonstrations...

Many became the establishment, but some did some good along the way...

But if you think 'peaceful discussion' is the only way, then I guess you condemn every revolution that has ever happened...

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pjwilk 4:55pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Honey68 wrote…


this is our future generation? as frustrated as they may be, is this really the behaviour of supposedly intelligent people? I think not!

So are our present rulers and leaders doing such a fantastic job,i think not.They are good at filling there own pockets and fiddling their expenses.

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Mark22 5:02pm Wed 14 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.
There goes all our future hopes if, as you say, the 'majority of students' won't protest when faced with with an attack on the vulnerable in our society...

Be sure to wash that brown stain off your tongue when you run home to mummy!
Completely void comment sbiscorrupt, students invited Mike Weatherley onto campus to have a debate and talk about it properly in a reasoned debate. Most of us are studying for our degrees and yes, that is more important to many us than the squatting law. If you believe in a 'future' in which the brightest young minds of our country violently attack people they disagree with you sir, are very very confused. Peaceful discussion is the way forward, these people were throwing rocks and many of them were not even students, they put many of our students and staff at risk. So stop your nonsense about brown tongues and keep your ridiculous interpretations on events to yourself.
That's the spirit....get worked up about something!

I assume you aren't studying history, as if you were you might happen to notice that many of our current 'leaders' took part in demonstrations...

Many became the establishment, but some did some good along the way...

But if you think 'peaceful discussion' is the only way, then I guess you condemn every revolution that has ever happened...

I do in fact study History, and am aware of that vague yet correct in part statement. Yet whilst i am also in support of demonstrations of almost every kind, the actual debate has to come first and those demos should be peaceful and get the points across well. Denying students the chance to get involved in the discussion is not rational, it's just upsetting. Furthermore i said that peace is the way forward, yes i do actually believe in peace. I have also studied the French and Russian revolutions extensively and can, without any doubt, state that this small violent protest has nothing to do with such incredible events whatsoever. You sound extremely ignorant of such things so i refuse to give you the honour of replying to your vacuous comments anymore. There's debate, and then there's throwing stuff, not many reasoned people are for the latter.

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Lord Tilford 5:04pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Had squatters in one of my barns once; **** nuisance and expense they were too.
I owe Weatherley a bottle of Vieille Reserve for getting this bill through!

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dawind 5:07pm Wed 14 Nov 12

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.".....JFK
's "Address on the First Anniversary of the Alliance for Progress,"

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Hovite 5:11pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Agree completely Mark22

As you say; denying students the chance to get involved in the discussion is not rational.

At least MW is trying to reach out to a younger generation and encouraging them to get invloved in politics by rational debate.

Too much chimpanzee gene in most of the comments on here.

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Southamptoncandoone 5:13pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Weatherley's assault on squatters smacks of ignorant vilification by an out of touch Tory seeking to protect his wealthy friends' interests.

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gaz scott 5:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Shame we can't persuade him to fly to Australia to eat disgusting things, get buried alive and all the other things that pass as entertainment these days.

He's a Tosser get him out of here!

But for now this is sufficient humiliation albeit to a smaller audience.

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PorkBoat 5:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Hovite wrote…


I’m pretty sure that 75 % of comments posted in the Argus are submitted by people with a really strong chimpanzee gene. Oh well, that’s evolution for you.

How dare you! I find that highly offensive. My Grandfather was a Gibbon, and my Great-Grandmother was an Orang-Utan.

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tooned_in 5:20pm Wed 14 Nov 12

squatting is illegal but those caught are never really prosecuted as they have no fixed abode & alot Im guessing have no jobs to pay compensation/fines from......Im just waiting till the laws are made even softer as they are bound to be then im selling up and squatting too, my mortgage is £950 per month I could use that for my social fund...yes please!!!

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true-brightonian 5:21pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Young people who occupy empty properties are doing a wonderful service for the country. They are lowering the housing benefit bill and therefore lowering the deficit. They should be congratulated. Far better they live in an empty space for free rather than reply on the taxpayer to line the pockets of private property, hostel and B&B owners. Given that we are headed for triple-dip recession, it is high time some thought went into the vast number of empty retail spaces that line our streets. I don't see shoppers returning to the high-spending days of a few years ago any time soon. Why not use these shops to house the poor and homeless for free and lower the huge burden on the tax payer that is a result of an enormous housing benefit bill (all of which goes to private, wealthy landlords and does not help the poor).

These so-called squatters are a good example of people who don't just sit around waiting for handouts from the state, unlike private landlords who exploit the housing benefit system and rip off both their tenants and the taxpayer.

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Hovite 5:23pm Wed 14 Nov 12

PorkBoat wrote…


Hovite wrote…


I’m pretty sure that 75 % of comments posted in the Argus are submitted by people with a really strong chimpanzee gene. Oh well, that’s evolution for you.
How dare you! I find that highly offensive. My Grandfather was a Gibbon, and my Great-Grandmother was an Orang-Utan.

Ok, 10 out of 10 for your witty retort.

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dawind 5:24pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Criminalising squatting was an ideological act. An attack against democracy.

One of the reasons why the bill passed with little more than a whimper on the part of the general population is because of the media image which has been so meticulously cultivated against the squatting phenomenon; squatters are nearly always portrayed as dirty follicley-challenged layabouts ready to swarm and colonise a house the moment its occupants take an extended weekend in the Costa Del Sol.
The media is riddled with stories about how home owners return home from holidays only to be barred from entering their own premises by a group of straggly haired malingerers.

In reality, however, the image of some woolly liberal government, full to the brim with pc largesse, prepared to exile people from their homes in order to facilitate the whims of vagrants – is little more than a reactionary myth. The squatting laws were always specific on this point; those who squatted would be protected by certain rights against eviction only with the proviso that nobody was living in the property in the first place, and that there was no possibility of it being occupied by its owners in the imminent future.

The law to criminalise squatting is about something else entirely. Supermarkets are often compelled to destroy food because they are caught in the unrelenting vortex of competition; if they give away the leftover surplus, the value of future sales is damaged. Likewise, in the case of the property market, houses are sometimes left empty by landlords and investors in order to drive prices up.

Inevitably a conflict emerges between genuine human need – the need for food, the need for shelter – and the imperatives of a social system driven by competition and the accumulation of profit. For this reason we should understand squatting not as some arbitrary phenomenon but as a profoundly political act; i.e. the endeavour to assert the priority of human need in the geo-political space – over and against the incursions of the market.
The squatting phenomenon traces its roots to the agrarian communists ‘The Diggers’ who, in 1649 when food prices spiked at an all-time high, made the move to resist the enclosures and occupy common land so they could plant vegetable crops – no doubts with the rather humble agenda of ensuring their own survival. They were forced from the land by the threat of army intervention, but not before being branded amoral and promiscuous (charges regularly levelled against the squatters of today).

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true-brightonian 5:28pm Wed 14 Nov 12

A well-written and fairly balanced piece on squatting in the UK. Apparently the UK has close to 1 million empty properties: www.aljazeera.com/in
depth/features/2012/
11/20121157222096424
8.html

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Hovite 5:33pm Wed 14 Nov 12

dawind wrote…


Criminalising squatting was an ideological act. An attack against democracy.

One of the reasons why the bill passed with little more than a whimper on the part of the general population is because of the media image which has been so meticulously cultivated against the squatting phenomenon; squatters are nearly always portrayed as dirty follicley-challenged layabouts ready to swarm and colonise a house the moment its occupants take an extended weekend in the Costa Del Sol.
The media is riddled with stories about how home owners return home from holidays only to be barred from entering their own premises by a group of straggly haired malingerers.

In reality, however, the image of some woolly liberal government, full to the brim with pc largesse, prepared to exile people from their homes in order to facilitate the whims of vagrants – is little more than a reactionary myth. The squatting laws were always specific on this point; those who squatted would be protected by certain rights against eviction only with the proviso that nobody was living in the property in the first place, and that there was no possibility of it being occupied by its owners in the imminent future.

The law to criminalise squatting is about something else entirely. Supermarkets are often compelled to destroy food because they are caught in the unrelenting vortex of competition; if they give away the leftover surplus, the value of future sales is damaged. Likewise, in the case of the property market, houses are sometimes left empty by landlords and investors in order to drive prices up.

Inevitably a conflict emerges between genuine human need – the need for food, the need for shelter – and the imperatives of a social system driven by competition and the accumulation of profit. For this reason we should understand squatting not as some arbitrary phenomenon but as a profoundly political act; i.e. the endeavour to assert the priority of human need in the geo-political space – over and against the incursions of the market.
The squatting phenomenon traces its roots to the agrarian communists ‘The Diggers’ who, in 1649 when food prices spiked at an all-time high, made the move to resist the enclosures and occupy common land so they could plant vegetable crops – no doubts with the rather humble agenda of ensuring their own survival. They were forced from the land by the threat of army intervention, but not before being branded amoral and promiscuous (charges regularly levelled against the squatters of today).

But there wasn't a Tescos with loyalty points, social security, child allowance, NHS or housing benefit in 1649.

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Andy R 5:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Weatherley and "his people" have form for spinning and exaggerating events, mainly to feed his own highly developed sense of his own importance. So it will be interesting to see what actually happened when the dust settles.

Obviously a highly incriminating video there. Lots of people likely to be up on charges of "aggravated standing around looking at a police van".....

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sbiscorrupt 5:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mark22 wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.
There goes all our future hopes if, as you say, the 'majority of students' won't protest when faced with with an attack on the vulnerable in our society...

Be sure to wash that brown stain off your tongue when you run home to mummy!
Completely void comment sbiscorrupt, students invited Mike Weatherley onto campus to have a debate and talk about it properly in a reasoned debate. Most of us are studying for our degrees and yes, that is more important to many us than the squatting law. If you believe in a 'future' in which the brightest young minds of our country violently attack people they disagree with you sir, are very very confused. Peaceful discussion is the way forward, these people were throwing rocks and many of them were not even students, they put many of our students and staff at risk. So stop your nonsense about brown tongues and keep your ridiculous interpretations on events to yourself.
That's the spirit....get worked up about something!

I assume you aren't studying history, as if you were you might happen to notice that many of our current 'leaders' took part in demonstrations...

Many became the establishment, but some did some good along the way...

But if you think 'peaceful discussion' is the only way, then I guess you condemn every revolution that has ever happened...
I do in fact study History, and am aware of that vague yet correct in part statement. Yet whilst i am also in support of demonstrations of almost every kind, the actual debate has to come first and those demos should be peaceful and get the points across well. Denying students the chance to get involved in the discussion is not rational, it's just upsetting. Furthermore i said that peace is the way forward, yes i do actually believe in peace. I have also studied the French and Russian revolutions extensively and can, without any doubt, state that this small violent protest has nothing to do with such incredible events whatsoever. You sound extremely ignorant of such things so i refuse to give you the honour of replying to your vacuous comments anymore. There's debate, and then there's throwing stuff, not many reasoned people are for the latter.

oh well...

Maybe that old statement is correct after all...

"What we learn from history is that we don't learn from history"...

So you go and get upset if it helps...

And then think of that when your expensive education ends up costing you far more than you are able to comprehend right now...

But sadly the people who Weatherley has condemned don't have that luxury do they!

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pekkers 5:40pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mr Weatherley wont stand up for the police, he still expects them to be there when he calls, I hope he'll be reviewing how much he values their support today!!!?

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lordenglandofsussex 5:49pm Wed 14 Nov 12

These are the same kind of scum that turned into Blair, Brown, etc.

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dawind 6:00pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Hovite wrote…


dawind wrote…


Criminalising squatting was an ideological act. An attack against democracy.

One of the reasons why the bill passed with little more than a whimper on the part of the general population is because of the media image which has been so meticulously cultivated against the squatting phenomenon; squatters are nearly always portrayed as dirty follicley-challenged layabouts ready to swarm and colonise a house the moment its occupants take an extended weekend in the Costa Del Sol.
The media is riddled with stories about how home owners return home from holidays only to be barred from entering their own premises by a group of straggly haired malingerers.

In reality, however, the image of some woolly liberal government, full to the brim with pc largesse, prepared to exile people from their homes in order to facilitate the whims of vagrants – is little more than a reactionary myth. The squatting laws were always specific on this point; those who squatted would be protected by certain rights against eviction only with the proviso that nobody was living in the property in the first place, and that there was no possibility of it being occupied by its owners in the imminent future.

The law to criminalise squatting is about something else entirely. Supermarkets are often compelled to destroy food because they are caught in the unrelenting vortex of competition; if they give away the leftover surplus, the value of future sales is damaged. Likewise, in the case of the property market, houses are sometimes left empty by landlords and investors in order to drive prices up.

Inevitably a conflict emerges between genuine human need – the need for food, the need for shelter – and the imperatives of a social system driven by competition and the accumulation of profit. For this reason we should understand squatting not as some arbitrary phenomenon but as a profoundly political act; i.e. the endeavour to assert the priority of human need in the geo-political space – over and against the incursions of the market.
The squatting phenomenon traces its roots to the agrarian communists ‘The Diggers’ who, in 1649 when food prices spiked at an all-time high, made the move to resist the enclosures and occupy common land so they could plant vegetable crops – no doubts with the rather humble agenda of ensuring their own survival. They were forced from the land by the threat of army intervention, but not before being branded amoral and promiscuous (charges regularly levelled against the squatters of today).
But there wasn't a Tescos with loyalty points, social security, child allowance, NHS or housing benefit in 1649.

Hovite...I was making a political point. Such as "people who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society” is part of a political agenda ie those at the bottom of the heap are there because of the actions of those at the top.

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Hovite 6:07pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Find me the MW parasite quote then dawind.

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Lady Smith 6:07pm Wed 14 Nov 12

It's OK: they only hit him on the head, so they missed his brain by about 2 and a half feet...

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AmboGuy 6:17pm Wed 14 Nov 12

wereallgonnadiesomed
ay
wrote…


AmboGuy wrote…


Squatters have been throwing missiles at police and anyone who doesn't agree with them for years. These people are nothing but the scum of the earth.
Is there a scale of those who are branded "scum of the earth"? If so, where is Jimmy Saville and Margaret Thatcher on this scale, compared to said squatters? Just wondering...

Hmmm interesting question. I'd put squatters just below Jimmy Saville and Margaret Thatcher and i'd give them 87 % on the Scum-ometer.

They're get extra scum points for throwing missiles, offensive smell, loud parties that keep the neighbours up all night and bad dreadlocks.

I hope that answers your question.

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funkyyoyo 6:28pm Wed 14 Nov 12

if you want ti live in a property,get off your backside and get a job like the rest of us do,as far as im concerned well done mike in changing the law

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stir up 6:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

This lot are the same type who took part in the London riots. They are given a place at uni., and then abuse the system by doing as little work as they can.Brighton before the Uni came to town was a lovely place to live and work in, now it has become infiltrated by lots of far left wing and green party studens, that is why the green party got into power, probably most who voted them in have left the town so do not have to suffer their madness policies.If any of these so called students are caught even if it was not rocks they want the book thrown at them. I do hope they are convicted because in later life if they want to travel the world they will find that many countries do not allow people in if they have a criminal record, particularly so USA. If they are from overseas sling them out of the UK even if it means ignoring the EU do gooders who think they should run the UK laws.

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dawind 6:30pm Wed 14 Nov 12

@ Hovite.
The very fact that he supports the status quo, in parliament, should give you a clue.

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Hovite 6:51pm Wed 14 Nov 12

You're talking rubbish dawind,

Pigeon holing him, attaching a parasite quote to him. Spouting your own propaganda and political spin.

He is against fox hunting and badger culls and does a lot of good work, he certainly doesn’t deserve to be attacked.

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juleshove 7:06pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote…


Well I'm firmly on the side of the protestors. Glad to see some people have still got a bit of spirit.

Its not spirit to attack someone in numbers. Its low life ignorant cowards who do things like that.

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Somethingsarejustwrong 7:14pm Wed 14 Nov 12

gaz scott wrote…


Shame we can't persuade him to fly to Australia to eat disgusting things, get buried alive and all the other things that pass as entertainment these days.

He's a Tosser get him out of here!

But for now this is sufficient humiliation albeit to a smaller audience.

I think everyone can guess who the tosser is in your comment and its certainly not Mike Weatherly

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Idontbelieveit1948 7:35pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Funny how all the posters above supporting the rabble seem incapable of stringing a decent sentence together and can only spout invective.

Probably the result of whatever passed for education in the Blair / Brown years. Of course Labour were so wonderful weren't they !

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jarmonesque 7:40pm Wed 14 Nov 12

lordenglandofsussex wrote…


These are the same kind of scum that turned into Blair, Brown, etc.

Thats right, the Tory Party always say that Blair was the best Conservative prime minister Labour have ever had, which aligns him with scum like weatherley. Glad we now have a leader in Miliband with a proper left wing heritage, his father Ralph being a hero of mine when I studied at Sussex.

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jarmonesque 7:40pm Wed 14 Nov 12

lordenglandofsussex wrote…


These are the same kind of scum that turned into Blair, Brown, etc.

Thats right, the Tory Party always say that Blair was the best Conservative prime minister Labour have ever had, which aligns him with scum like weatherley. Glad we now have a leader in Miliband with a proper left wing heritage, his father Ralph being a hero of mine when I studied at Sussex.

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Fercri Sakes 7:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Poccypoc wrote…


What a bunch of thugs and scroungers?! If I had a watter cannon lorry, I'd drive up there and hose these parasites into the sea.

I've never voted Conservative, but why should we pay our mortgages and rent and these wasters get everything for nothing?

Are you talking about politicians and the royal family?

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Fercri Sakes 7:46pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Idontbelieveit1948 wrote…


Funny how all the posters above supporting the rabble seem incapable of stringing a decent sentence together and can only spout invective.

Probably the result of whatever passed for education in the Blair / Brown years. Of course Labour were so wonderful weren't they !

That's funny. It looked to me that it was the other way around and the people moaning about "scroungers" and "get a job" were the more illiterate.

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qm 8:02pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Mark22 wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.
There goes all our future hopes if, as you say, the 'majority of students' won't protest when faced with with an attack on the vulnerable in our society...

Be sure to wash that brown stain off your tongue when you run home to mummy!
Completely void comment sbiscorrupt, students invited Mike Weatherley onto campus to have a debate and talk about it properly in a reasoned debate. Most of us are studying for our degrees and yes, that is more important to many us than the squatting law. If you believe in a 'future' in which the brightest young minds of our country violently attack people they disagree with you sir, are very very confused. Peaceful discussion is the way forward, these people were throwing rocks and many of them were not even students, they put many of our students and staff at risk. So stop your nonsense about brown tongues and keep your ridiculous interpretations on events to yourself.

Well put young man, eloquent, articulate and way more polite than many of us would manage under the circumstances!!

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dawind 8:04pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Hovite wrote…


You're talking rubbish dawind,

Pigeon holing him, attaching a parasite quote to him. Spouting your own propaganda and political spin.

He is against fox hunting and badger culls and does a lot of good work, he certainly doesn’t deserve to be attacked.

Are you an idiot Hovite@
I have not ascribed a quote to MW.
Of course I'm pursuing a political agenda. So are you. And so is MW and anyone else who takes part in a public discussion. I've not 'pigeon holed' him, he does that himself by being an MP. Of course I don't condone any attack on anyone but when one concocts a piece of legislation that criminalises the result of actions rather than the cause of them then the mob might get a bit uppity! And then of course all bets are off.

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true-brightonian 8:07pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Although I personally do not agree with Mr. Weatherley's politics, one cannot help but admire him as a politician. Under the guise of a "debate", he lures his enemies into his trap, then pretends to be shocked when he is "attacked". Cue huge media furore, who only bother reporting on this kind of thing if violence is on the cards. Both Weatherley and the Media feign outrage at the violence, but both know nothing would have been reported if there had simply been a genuine debate.

The end result of these Machivellian tactics? The mob is on the side of Mr. Weatherley, genuine debate is silenced and so forth. I seems Mr. Weatherley has studied his history well, and used the old right wing populist tactic of setting up or provoking retaliation, finding an already disliked minority to blame and then reaping the rewards. It's worked before, just look at the Reichstag fire or the so-called "war on terror".

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Dealing with idiots 8:10pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Very democratic chaps, throwing rocks rather than bothering with the ballot box. You have played into the hands of the establishment for the brief passing pleasure of abusing another human being. What **** you are.

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true-brightonian 8:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

@stir_up say that ".Brighton before the Uni came to town was a lovely place to live and work in". The University of Sussex opened in 1961, 51 years ago! A lot has changed since then, @stir_up! Tell me, did the Green Party exist in 1961? You might want to read up on a few things, for example the Swing Riots, when "two barns and one hundred quarters of wheat ... were burnt and so strong were the flames that the glare was perceived from Brighton". This stuff is not new and it's just silly to try and blame the Green Party for everything from parking fines to burnt toast.

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Joshiman 8:25pm Wed 14 Nov 12

CCTV Catch/identify and 5 year prison sentences with no parole for these mindless idiots.If they atre studentsthrow them out..Preferably in a prison hundreds of miles away.

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Sussex jim 8:29pm Wed 14 Nov 12

wereallgonnadiesomed
ay
wrote…


AmboGuy wrote…


Squatters have been throwing missiles at police and anyone who doesn't agree with them for years. These people are nothing but the scum of the earth.
Is there a scale of those who are branded "scum of the earth"? If so, where is Jimmy Saville and Margaret Thatcher on this scale, compared to said squatters? Just wondering...

Here's your scale:
0: God (or Allah,etc.)
1:Her Majesty the Queen
2; Margaret Thatcher, lesser royals
3; Norman Baker
4:The big banks
5: Cold callers
6:Wheel clampers
7:P***es
8 Jimmy Sav**** (to be proved)
9: Those who choose the dole as a lifestyle
10: Privileged students who use their university to not only verbally but physically attack democratically elected politicians.

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george smith 8:34pm Wed 14 Nov 12

mmm on route to being like Iran where they stone people. Very liberal

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Cyril Bolleaux 8:41pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Interesting that all the usual lefties above either support violence or excuse it. Nothing changes. In the 30s the socialists (including the anti capitalist Hitler) demonised conservatives, jews and capitalists. They used violence and started boycotts of jewish shops, attacked banks and traditional institutions. Just like Brighton today.

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mictrix 8:44pm Wed 14 Nov 12

wietraurig wrote…


Having watched the video above, I conclude that this is a storm in a teacup. A few students shouting at a police van, then standing around chatting and drinking coffee. Not quite the violent conflagration suggested by the headline.
Move along please, nothing to see here...

stupid person you move along idiot

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HJarrs 8:45pm Wed 14 Nov 12

If it is true that the alleged violence took place then this cannot be condoned.

Apparently, Weatherley was just about to make a speech about how he was fighting against his Tory governments £50 million cuts to the council budget over the next two years. Something he has been singularly silent on previously. Shame.

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mictrix 8:47pm Wed 14 Nov 12

dhamallamafarmer wrote…


Algeria Touchshriek wrote…


Shows what utter filth and scum left wingers.

I hope the police catch each and every one of them and, if students, are immediately expelled from the University.

Utter, utter scum.
But Wetherley is suppose do t be left wing since he's a member of the Labour Party. Think of it like a snake biting its own tail.
Nothing for right wing reactionary ignorami to get worked up about, move along & please don't step on the flowers.

no he's 100% correct they are utter utter scum now move along

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Hove Actually 8:50pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Hovite wrote…


I’m pretty sure that 75 % of comments posted in the Argus are submitted by people with a really strong chimpanzee gene. Oh well, that’s evolution for you.

If you had gone to University you would know that ALL Humans share 98% do their DNA with Chimpanzee's and theybare our closet link to eveloution..

Think you will find it's the East Brighton gene at work here....

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mictrix 8:56pm Wed 14 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.
There goes all our future hopes if, as you say, the 'majority of students' won't protest when faced with with an attack on the vulnerable in our society...

Be sure to wash that brown stain off your tongue when you run home to mummy!
Completely void comment sbiscorrupt, students invited Mike Weatherley onto campus to have a debate and talk about it properly in a reasoned debate. Most of us are studying for our degrees and yes, that is more important to many us than the squatting law. If you believe in a 'future' in which the brightest young minds of our country violently attack people they disagree with you sir, are very very confused. Peaceful discussion is the way forward, these people were throwing rocks and many of them were not even students, they put many of our students and staff at risk. So stop your nonsense about brown tongues and keep your ridiculous interpretations on events to yourself.
That's the spirit....get worked up about something!

I assume you aren't studying history, as if you were you might happen to notice that many of our current 'leaders' took part in demonstrations...

Many became the establishment, but some did some good along the way...

But if you think 'peaceful discussion' is the only way, then I guess you condemn every revolution that has ever happened...

go away you stupid annoying person

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AmboGuy 9:01pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Sussex jim wrote…


wereallgonnadiesomed

ay
wrote…


AmboGuy wrote…


Squatters have been throwing missiles at police and anyone who doesn't agree with them for years. These people are nothing but the scum of the earth.
Is there a scale of those who are branded "scum of the earth"? If so, where is Jimmy Saville and Margaret Thatcher on this scale, compared to said squatters? Just wondering...
Here's your scale:
0: God (or Allah,etc.)
1:Her Majesty the Queen
2; Margaret Thatcher, lesser royals
3; Norman Baker
4:The big banks
5: Cold callers
6:Wheel clampers
7:P***es
8 Jimmy Sav**** (to be proved)
9: Those who choose the dole as a lifestyle
10: Privileged students who use their university to not only verbally but physically attack democratically elected politicians.

Hmm I think that's more your scale than mine.

You've put some interesting choices in there though, I'd be interested to hear how you came to make some of those.

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Herbert Augustus Chapman 9:18pm Wed 14 Nov 12

What a horrid mob of reprobates.

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sbiscorrupt 9:31pm Wed 14 Nov 12

mictrix wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


sbiscorrupt wrote…


Mark22 wrote…


As a student of the Uni i'd like to say that these people don't represent the vast majority of Sussex Students who just want to get on with their studies. This video certainly doesn't show the whole story, and yet only the end of what was a violent and disgusting protest. Some of the people protesting were not even Sussex Students. It is so sad to see that a University, especially one so well regarded as Sussex can no longer be the home for a reasoned and peaceful debate, which was Mike Weatherleys intention in coming to the campus.
There goes all our future hopes if, as you say, the 'majority of students' won't protest when faced with with an attack on the vulnerable in our society...

Be sure to wash that brown stain off your tongue when you run home to mummy!
Completely void comment sbiscorrupt, students invited Mike Weatherley onto campus to have a debate and talk about it properly in a reasoned debate. Most of us are studying for our degrees and yes, that is more important to many us than the squatting law. If you believe in a 'future' in which the brightest young minds of our country violently attack people they disagree with you sir, are very very confused. Peaceful discussion is the way forward, these people were throwing rocks and many of them were not even students, they put many of our students and staff at risk. So stop your nonsense about brown tongues and keep your ridiculous interpretations on events to yourself.
That's the spirit....get worked up about something!

I assume you aren't studying history, as if you were you might happen to notice that many of our current 'leaders' took part in demonstrations...

Many became the establishment, but some did some good along the way...

But if you think 'peaceful discussion' is the only way, then I guess you condemn every revolution that has ever happened...
go away you stupid annoying person

Is that the best you can offer?

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SmileyD 10:40pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Herbert Augustus Chapman wrote…


What a horrid mob of reprobates.

Yes this Argus forum does tend to attract the worst sort of lowlife...

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Chazza65 10:59pm Wed 14 Nov 12

stoning is about the only thing these privileged tory mps understand - they won't care two hoots when people evicted from squats freeze to death on the streets this winter - well played sussex students keep up the good work!

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Chazza65 11:15pm Wed 14 Nov 12

I notice Mr Weatherley claims £1,863 a month in rental expenses - no doubt he rails against benefit scroungers - whilst he not only claims for his rent but also his internet and electricity and newspapers - maybe you might like to throw a few coppers to those homeless ex squatters Mr Weatherley and think yourself generous whilst you put your feet up and read your newspaper in your heated accommodation all paid for by the tax payer - after all you only earn £66,000 a year!

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AmboGuy 11:35pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Chazza65 wrote…


stoning is about the only thing these privileged tory mps understand - they won't care two hoots when people evicted from squats freeze to death on the streets this winter - well played sussex students keep up the good work!

Yeah the strange thing seems to be that the squatters around Brighton seem to be so hard up they manage to throw parties every night while simultaneously trashing the place they're in. Come one, for god sake this 'most vulnerable members of society' line is getting very tiresome now.

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Poccypoc 11:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

funkyyoyo wrote…


if you want ti live in a property,get off your backside and get a job like the rest of us do,as far as im concerned well done mike in changing the law

I tooooooooooooooooooo
oooootally aggggggggggggggggggr
ee.

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Chazza65 12:31am Thu 15 Nov 12

remarkably sad how many people believe in the ethos of paying rent to rich landlords as if it were somehow noble! Weatherly and his tory chums are laughing all the way to the bank whilst your rent money buys them more property and pays for their kids next term at Eton

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DONTvotegreen 1:56am Thu 15 Nov 12

The members of the Occupy movement have today shown the world their true face.

That of a bunch of mindless thugs.

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DONTvotegreen 1:59am Thu 15 Nov 12

Dave in Hastings wrote…


Good for the students. Let's hope we start to get some real reaction from the masses to the corruption of the ruling elite in this country and globally. Mind you, I'm not holding my breath. Too many people are completely politically ignorant, and have bought the Daily Mail / Sun / Torygraph line that it's all the fault of benefit scroungers, while the very few at the top cream off all the wealth for themselves.
As a sign of this ignorance, I point you to the people above, who think a raving right winger like Weatherley is Labour. Gawd help us!

Got your black shirts ready for the next stage have you Dave ?

Or maybe some book burning ?

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Somethingsarejustwrong 6:25am Thu 15 Nov 12

DONTvotegreen wrote…


The members of the Occupy movement have today shown the world their true face.

That of a bunch of mindless thugs.

Might just be worth qualifying this comment, as at the last count there were just 2 members of Occupy Brighton.

Its also that time of the year where these posh kids that represent the Occupy hangers on, begin their retreat back to Mummy and Daddy's posh place in the country ahead of the annual long haul offshore holiday.

From history we know that the disgraceful camp in Victoria Gardens was the scene of arson and assault so any stone throwing type antics yesterday is pretty much par for the course.

The good people of Brighton know what#s right and wrong and this bunch of miscreants and their supporters on here are seen for what they truly are.

Keep up the good work Mike and lets keep doing everything we can to get this minority group off the streets and out of other people's property.

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Angryoldman 7:44am Thu 15 Nov 12

Why would someone from a government that hates and despises young people want to visit them at uni anyway?
This time next year when the true scale of cuts begin to bite we will be seeing protests on a scale of Greece.

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JKW 8:25am Thu 15 Nov 12

i assume the video will be watched and students will be chucked out of the University!!

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juleshove 10:17am Thu 15 Nov 12

Chazza65 wrote…


remarkably sad how many people believe in the ethos of paying rent to rich landlords as if it were somehow noble! Weatherly and his tory chums are laughing all the way to the bank whilst your rent money buys them more property and pays for their kids next term at Eton

Not got a very large chip on your shoulder have you. Stop blaming people that work hard.to succeed and try doing something for yourself. Envy is a very unattractive quality.

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Morch 1:08pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Whilst Mike Weatherley Tory MP probably deserved rotten eggs and tomatoes, no one should be throwing rocks (or was that a turnip Mr. Weatherley?) or punches. After all most of us aren't leftist totalitarian street thugs or right-wing fascists. Yes, he did ask for a lot of anger by gloating over his new law to criminalise the homeless, vulnerable and poor, but he wasn't carrying a weapon (except this undemocratic reactionary law that attacks the poor and homeless). We should never lower ourselves to the violence of the state. There again I am not being criminalised for being homeless/occupying derelict properties, mentally ill or vulnerable, if I was I don't know how I'd react...? Mike Weatherley certainly knows how to rub salt in the wound, and I won't be shedding any tears for him. It's unfortunate that he and his lap-dogs can now use the more violent actions as ammunition in his vindictive crusade. Btw: Love the name SNOB (AHA) - Squatters Network of Brighton (And Hove Actually) - for the snobs in Hove ; )

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Fairfax Sakes 2:06pm Thu 15 Nov 12

true-brightonian wrote…


Although I personally do not agree with Mr. Weatherley's politics, one cannot help but admire him as a politician. Under the guise of a "debate", he lures his enemies into his trap, then pretends to be shocked when he is "attacked". Cue huge media furore, who only bother reporting on this kind of thing if violence is on the cards. Both Weatherley and the Media feign outrage at the violence, but both know nothing would have been reported if there had simply been a genuine debate.

The end result of these Machivellian tactics? The mob is on the side of Mr. Weatherley, genuine debate is silenced and so forth. I seems Mr. Weatherley has studied his history well, and used the old right wing populist tactic of setting up or provoking retaliation, finding an already disliked minority to blame and then reaping the rewards. It's worked before, just look at the Reichstag fire or the so-called "war on terror".

Wow, I'm suprised it took this long before someone made a comparison to Nazi Germany.
"blah blah blah...so did Hitler..."
So? Are you saying Mike Weatherly is intending to commit genocide?

Come to think of it, I have seen a few peopel with suspicious under lip growth this month...quick! To the bunkers!

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Max_Normal 2:45pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Much that I dislike a Tory, to be fair most of the people who want to squat are trendy middle-class dropouts living the lefty-dream and wanting to party or get the kudos for having a squat.

Of course it's all fun and games until the person who actually owns the house needs to live in it (and has perhaps not chosen a (rich parent funded) masters in "International Relations" and an NGO job, but who has just chosen to do an ordinary job and buy a house. Of course these poor people can be dismissed as members of the sinister "System" and therefore unworthy of sympathy from our pseudo working class heroes.

Couple of things: I used to be a "Crusty" in the 1980's and this is what we used to do (I now have a normal apolitical job at the University of Sussex). I worked for 2 years at Brighton and Hove Council Housing and City Support as a keyworker for homeless people.

Real homeless people don't want a squat they want a council house because homeless people are not trendy and they don't want a dirty old squat to party in, they want a warm, dry, secure council house. Most homeless go to First Base, get put in a hostel after about a week and are then moved into council accommodation if they agree to stop drinking or taking heroin/go into rehab/take methadone. This service really does exist, nobody is being forced onto the street apart from people who refuse help to get off drugs or booze by going into a council hostel (you can just accept help, you don't have to give up immediately), or middle class crusties who want a bit of fun before they finally get that dream NGO job. Honestly, when i was a Ph.D student I had to share Uni accomodation with a load of them. They were dressing up as Russian peasants, clogdancing and shoplifting Pate and Chateauneuf de pape from Sainsburies and then going up the squat to party or going to demos to throw bottles at police.

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Valerie Paynter 3:50pm Thu 15 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt wrote…


Hardly surprising if you pick on the vulnerable and then crow about it...

....as in 'let them eat cake'....? Really dangerous lack of humility. How does 'call me Dave' view this uprising, I wonder.

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Valerie Paynter 3:55pm Thu 15 Nov 12

ya basta wrote…


Its been illegal to squat in a used property since 1976.

Weatherley's new law means simply stops people using empty building that are boarded up and left to fall into disrepair by their owners.

The country has a massive housing crisis and all he's done is keep empty unused buildings, empty and unused.

He should have wrote a law chastising people who leave buildings to fall apart when there are thousands who need homes.

Exactly right.

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ARealBessie 4:36pm Thu 15 Nov 12

When it comes to this rotten council, I'm in favour of lots more tomatoes. And, flour and eggs...

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Johnboy123 6:19pm Thu 15 Nov 12

This isn't anything new is it? We have the usual left-wing unwashed scumbags who expect this something for nothing culture to persist. They live in an idealistic society that is never going to happen – and this goes for whoever is in power.

I cannot fathom how anyone in their right mind can support squatters? I suppose it's acceptable as long as it's not in your home. This isn't some kind of right-wing fantasy, squatting is happening in Brighton and Hove today.

The left’s hypocrisy becomes clearer and clearer day by day. You have Ed Miliband moaning about a cabinet full of millionaires, well people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, especially seeing as he’s a millionaire, too!

I have no problem with peaceful protests and debate, but please make sure you have your facts right beforehand.

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Somethingsarejustwrong 6:40pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Johnboy123 wrote…


This isn't anything new is it? We have the usual left-wing unwashed scumbags who expect this something for nothing culture to persist. They live in an idealistic society that is never going to happen – and this goes for whoever is in power.

I cannot fathom how anyone in their right mind can support squatters? I suppose it's acceptable as long as it's not in your home. This isn't some kind of right-wing fantasy, squatting is happening in Brighton and Hove today.

The left’s hypocrisy becomes clearer and clearer day by day. You have Ed Miliband moaning about a cabinet full of millionaires, well people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, especially seeing as he’s a millionaire, too!

I have no problem with peaceful protests and debate, but please make sure you have your facts right beforehand.

Remind me how Ed Miliband became a millionaire please?

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Orlando Faark 8:59pm Thu 15 Nov 12

The majority of MPs seem to me to be grasping scroungers - ruthlessly bleeding an outrageous expenses and pension system they pretty much set up themselves for themselves.

The vast majority of squatters appear to be scumbags with a remarkably similar sense of over-entitlement that has so often been demonstrated by some MPs.

Both groups seem to have far more in common than either would like to admit.

At times like this that people often forget about the real victims here...what happened to the fruit and eggs?

...I know some old folk who I could drop the fruit off to so that they might save a little money - to pay the bonuses and dividends of ruthless utility companies that have been outrageously ripping them off for years.

Do any of our MPs need a new project?

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Morch 2:00pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Max_Normal wrote…


Much that I dislike a Tory, to be fair most of the people who want to squat are trendy middle-class dropouts living the lefty-dream and wanting to party or get the kudos for having a squat.

Of course it's all fun and games until the person who actually owns the house needs to live in it (and has perhaps not chosen a (rich parent funded) masters in "International Relations" and an NGO job, but who has just chosen to do an ordinary job and buy a house. Of course these poor people can be dismissed as members of the sinister "System" and therefore unworthy of sympathy from our pseudo working class heroes.

Couple of things: I used to be a "Crusty" in the 1980's and this is what we used to do (I now have a normal apolitical job at the University of Sussex). I worked for 2 years at Brighton and Hove Council Housing and City Support as a keyworker for homeless people.

Real homeless people don't want a squat they want a council house because homeless people are not trendy and they don't want a dirty old squat to party in, they want a warm, dry, secure council house. Most homeless go to First Base, get put in a hostel after about a week and are then moved into council accommodation if they agree to stop drinking or taking heroin/go into rehab/take methadone. This service really does exist, nobody is being forced onto the street apart from people who refuse help to get off drugs or booze by going into a council hostel (you can just accept help, you don't have to give up immediately), or middle class crusties who want a bit of fun before they finally get that dream NGO job. Honestly, when i was a Ph.D student I had to share Uni accomodation with a load of them. They were dressing up as Russian peasants, clogdancing and shoplifting Pate and Chateauneuf de pape from Sainsburies and then going up the squat to party or going to demos to throw bottles at police.

Whilst I agree with a lot of what you say, it would be a mistake to basically call all squatters "trustafarians", that might be largely your personal experience, but not everyone's. There are people being evicted from their homes because they are in poverty. We all know the Tories are the main driver for increased homelessness and poverty in this country. A huge portion of society cannot get secure full-time jobs, particularly young people. There is no affordable housing available. Brightonians who rent their homes are twice the national average and they are outrageously expensive. We have a load of cowboy landlords and rip-off letting agents in this town. Something's got to give. Mike Weatherley is quite ignorant when it come to housing law. He tried to illegally evict a legal tenant (mother and dependent child), thinking she was a squatter. He thought it a great media opportunity to help some big developer's daughter, who decided to come back early from her "charity work" in South America. She got all hysterical because she couldn't illegally evict her tenant and pretended to live in a tent.

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alexwildcat 3:20pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Hey so it really seems like there's a lot of misunderstanding between property owners and squatters. It doesn't surprise me. Who benefits when we fight? The courts get money from the extensive fees property owners have to pay. The security companies get money to come in and 'resecure' the building (when the majority of times squatters are able to get in because the same companies do an abysmal job). Real estate agents can profit (look up the concept of 'blockbusting'). And people like Weatherley make a career out of inflaming this tension, while the argus and mail love the attention it brings to their otherwise uninteresting reporting. (Though I did think this piece seemed more extensive than any of Emily or Ben's stuff.) But really, most squatters have no real interest in being in a property that is about to be used. And landlords have no real reason to evict squatters, unless they are actually in the process of renovating a building or about to make a sale. In fact, they can actually help with both of those things, since they're generally handy with DIY and creative. As an investor, I'd rather purchase a building that is swarming with bohemian colour than one which is boarded up.
So what I'm saying is- let's negotiate. Squatters know they don't have the legal right to trash a building that is going to be used for a purpose. A lot of the younger squatters I know are only there because they have to choose between going to school/college/unive
rsity or (having an apprenticeship, as with the recently prosecuted Alex Haigh) and having a home. A lot of the older squatters are displaced travellers, who would rather be in the countryside if land could be made available.
Landlords know they don't have a moral right to evict people who have made a home in a building, unless they are going to use it. A lot of property owners have realistic reasons why there's a delay in bringing buildings into use, but it's easy to confuse them with Scrooge-like speculators.
I guess it's up to both sides to drop a level of dogmatism, if we're going to be realistic. That means squatters assuming some responsibility, but also owners realising that property-rights are not sacred or god-given, but rather are social in nature. As such, they require a certain level of social responsibility...

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Brightonlocal 8:33pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Chazza65 wrote…


remarkably sad how many people believe in the ethos of paying rent to rich landlords as if it were somehow noble! Weatherly and his tory chums are laughing all the way to the bank whilst your rent money buys them more property and pays for their kids next term at Eton

How do you know all landlords are rich? That is a crazy statement. I am not rich, though I managed to buy a house on a buy-to-let mortgage. Im not far off bankrupt and like in a studio flat that im renting, whilst my house several hundreds of miles away is now worth less than it was when I bought it (thanks to recession) and if I sold it i would still owe the bank money. My kid wont be going to Eton! What about me. How can you say all landlords are rich when you can get a buy-to-let mortgage on a studio/flat/house with a 10% deposit.... a 100,000k house is only a 10k deposit. You can get a 10k deposit from a credit card or personal loan....you dont need to be a millionaire! Grow up.

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Brightonlocal 8:44pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Valerie Paynter wrote…


ya basta wrote…


Its been illegal to squat in a used property since 1976.

Weatherley's new law means simply stops people using empty building that are boarded up and left to fall into disrepair by their owners.

The country has a massive housing crisis and all he's done is keep empty unused buildings, empty and unused.

He should have wrote a law chastising people who leave buildings to fall apart when there are thousands who need homes.
Exactly right.

But most of the squats I have seen on the argus have been in perfectly good order. Just about to be sold, or going through contracts. They are not falling down and being saved by the squatters, quite the opposite. Like the London Road squatt, they took walls down!

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Brightonlocal 8:55pm Sun 18 Nov 12

alexwildcat wrote…


Hey so it really seems like there's a lot of misunderstanding between property owners and squatters. It doesn't surprise me. Who benefits when we fight? The courts get money from the extensive fees property owners have to pay. The security companies get money to come in and 'resecure' the building (when the majority of times squatters are able to get in because the same companies do an abysmal job). Real estate agents can profit (look up the concept of 'blockbusting'). And people like Weatherley make a career out of inflaming this tension, while the argus and mail love the attention it brings to their otherwise uninteresting reporting. (Though I did think this piece seemed more extensive than any of Emily or Ben's stuff.) But really, most squatters have no real interest in being in a property that is about to be used. And landlords have no real reason to evict squatters, unless they are actually in the process of renovating a building or about to make a sale. In fact, they can actually help with both of those things, since they're generally handy with DIY and creative. As an investor, I'd rather purchase a building that is swarming with bohemian colour than one which is boarded up.
So what I'm saying is- let's negotiate. Squatters know they don't have the legal right to trash a building that is going to be used for a purpose. A lot of the younger squatters I know are only there because they have to choose between going to school/college/unive

rsity or (having an apprenticeship, as with the recently prosecuted Alex Haigh) and having a home. A lot of the older squatters are displaced travellers, who would rather be in the countryside if land could be made available.
Landlords know they don't have a moral right to evict people who have made a home in a building, unless they are going to use it. A lot of property owners have realistic reasons why there's a delay in bringing buildings into use, but it's easy to confuse them with Scrooge-like speculators.
I guess it's up to both sides to drop a level of dogmatism, if we're going to be realistic. That means squatters assuming some responsibility, but also owners realising that property-rights are not sacred or god-given, but rather are social in nature. As such, they require a certain level of social responsibility...

I just have to disagree. I am a property owner. A landlord. I am not rich and I cannot see that having squatters in my property would beniffit me in anyway. My experence with squats is that they do not improve them, often, in fact, they cost a fortune to fix what they have damaged. If I own a house, if I buy it, if i burden myself with credit to purchase a property, pour blood sweat and tears in to getting it in to a rented state, then lose a tenant for a few months (still paying the mortgage) no one has a right to just move in and say, 'shotgun!' just because it is empty for a while. What is mine is mine. There may be moral implications if I had thousands of properties empty...just for fun, but that simply does not happen. It is bad business to either not sell, or not rent a property. You are loosing money. i do not accept that.

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Brightonlocal 9:09pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Chazza65 wrote…


remarkably sad how many people believe in the ethos of paying rent to rich landlords as if it were somehow noble! Weatherly and his tory chums are laughing all the way to the bank whilst your rent money buys them more property and pays for their kids next term at Eton

How do you know all landlords are rich? That is a crazy statement. I am not rich, though I managed to buy a house on a buy-to-let mortgage. Im not far off bankrupt and like in a studio flat that im renting, whilst my house several hundreds of miles away is now worth less than it was when I bought it (thanks to recession) and if I sold it i would still owe the bank money. My kid wont be going to Eton! What about me. How can you say all landlords are rich when you can get a buy-to-let mortgage on a studio/flat/house with a 10% deposit.... a 100,000k house is only a 10k deposit. You can get a 10k deposit from a credit card or personal loan....you dont need to be a millionaire! Grow up.

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