May 25, 2016
I’ve said it before: I even miss squatters at this point…
Mark Steyn writes:
On Wednesday morning, I started the day with Toronto’s Number One morning man, the great John Oakley, on AM640. Click above to listen to the full interview.
John and I chewed over the state’s crackdown on transphobia north and south of the border, the theatrics of Trudeaupian elbows, and Trump and Sanders as contrasting patriarchs. That last one arose from John’s discussion this morning of the extraordinary number of Canadians in their late twenties and thirties still living with their parents — still trudging up the stairs each night to sleep in the same bedroom they’ve slept in since they were curled up with teddy and blankie.
In MY day, not only could kids not wait to move out of the house, sometimes they even lived like this:
“At the time, there were so many people who didn’t have anywhere to live and so many empty houses, so we decided to take direct action – take the houses over and improve them, rather than leave them to go to rack and ruin. The squatting led to a growing sense of community in the area – many people who squatted still live there now, – and that was the basis on which Wech was formed.”
Wech continued in the same anti-establishment vein as Strummer – taking the fight to the council in a bid to force it to make basic improvements, such as installing central heating and bathrooms.
Describing Joe Strummer and most of these others as “homeless” is hysterically funny, and I trust some commenters took note, even though it is the Guardian.
And nothing quite says “anti-Establishment” like begging The Council to install bathrooms in your stolen house, at taxpayers’ expense!
But obviously they all just wanted to party and do other helmet-free stuff that today’s kids are too wimpy to do, especially without — see above — heating and plumbing.