In the latest of our new series of video comments, Luke Gittos takes a look at the wrongs of the squatters’ rights brigade
Welcome to the latest edition in the new series of pithy video comments, spiked shorts, where spiked writers will offer a unique take on the events of the day. The series is produced with WORLDbytes, the citizen TV channel.
Here writer Luke Gittos comments on the recent criminalisation of squatting. He argues that while it is wrong to drag more and more of society’s poor through the courts, we should also be critical of those who choose to squat, not least for making the lives of those who need to squat even harder.
Luke Gittos is a paralegal working in criminal law and convenor of the London Legal Salon.
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