First, Yvette Cooper:
Banks will face new curbs on home repossessions to prevent families from being evicted when they fall into financial difficulties, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has promised. […]
‘We need a more responsible approach to repossessions,’ Cooper said in the interview. ‘What we are looking at is something looking much more widely at all of the banks, because I think repossession needs to be lot rarer. We need to do everything that we can to keep people in their own homes.’
But what is the publicly-owned but privately controlled Northern Rock doing?
Credit Action said that the nationalised bank was twice as likely as other lenders to repossess a home if borrowers fell behind with their mortgage repayments. Chris Tapp, director of the charity, said its eagerness to repay the government meant it was treating struggling customers harshly.
More than 19,000 homes were repossessed in the first half of this year, 4,000 of which were seized by Northern Rock.
That’s saying nothing of the 1500 workers sacked by the Rock…
Onto Phil Woolas:
In his first public statement in his new position, Phil Woolas conceded that immigration became an “extremely thorny” issue during an economic downturn when people already living in this country were losing their jobs. He also pledged the Government would respond by making it even harder for non-European Union nationals to come to Britain to work and live.
Let’s decode this. Non-EU nationals will be limited; EU nationals will not…
So we can see this is not about limiting immigration at all, but about Woolas trying to boost his career with some prejudice. A quota for migrants from outside the EU (largely people of colour) but not for those within the single labour market of the EU (who are mostly white).