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Started by HerrWalrus on Feb 22, 2018 6:13:08 PM
Why the hatred for Islington?

Used to be a poor part of north London, and there are still many who struggle. So why the hate?

Lawlsie - 22 Feb 2018 18:13:39 (#1 of 227)


Shadrack22 - 22 Feb 2018 18:14:07 (#2 of 227)

Blair and Corbyn - twin folk devils.

Shadrack22 - 22 Feb 2018 18:15:46 (#3 of 227)

I can’t claim to know it well but have stayed near Angel tube neck of the woods a few times, gone for a drink and thought ‘This is very me.’

thisonehasalittlehat - 22 Feb 2018 18:16:27 (#4 of 227)

Angel tube neck of the woods is known locally as angel.

Lawlsie - 22 Feb 2018 18:17:01 (#5 of 227)

Blair and Corbyn - twin folk devils.

So it is!

Cherie was really pissed off they sold their house on Richmond Terrace when Tony won the election. I believe they were advised to by security staff but when Cherie saw how prices went up and up and up and up she was furious at how much they'd lost.

That's why they bought that £3.2m house on Edgware Road. Not to be caught out again! And bought a flat, two I think, for Euan when he was studying in Bristol.

Lawlsie - 22 Feb 2018 18:19:20 (#6 of 227)

I love how when morning after the election in 1997 when cameras filmed the Blairs' home there was a Chris Smith poster in the window. I remember thinking, how come they've got a Chris Smith poster in the window rather than a Blair one. D'oh!

It's Emily Thornberry's constituency now of course.

The Blairs are long gone.

But Corbyn still lives there. In his own constituency I think? Islington North rather than Islington South.

Shadrack22 - 22 Feb 2018 18:19:43 (#7 of 227)

Would Angel be Corbyn or Thornberry territory?

Shadrack22 - 22 Feb 2018 18:20:14 (#8 of 227)

Ah, thanks.

slicey - 22 Feb 2018 18:21:50 (#9 of 227)

It's "hated" because it's the symbol of liberal elites and new labour and old school labour via the council and Corbyn. But the poncey bit of it is really small and most of the rest of the borough is much like Hackney (with less hipsters) or Kings Cross (with less sex and drugs) and has lots of social problems and failing schools. The main part of Upper St. is high st. drinking with all the problems that brings on a Friday and Saturday night.

Elsewhere it's still one of the better parts of London albeit impossibly expensive to rent or buy and all the traditional old school pubs have been monkfished.

thisonehasalittlehat - 22 Feb 2018 18:22:37 (#10 of 227)

Thank God.

machiavelli - 22 Feb 2018 18:38:28 (#11 of 227)

It used to be the place to shag a kid in care - Margaret Hodge would just put her hands over her ears and go "lalalalala!".

machiavelli - 22 Feb 2018 18:38:52 (#12 of 227)

when Cherie saw how prices went up and up and up and up she was furious at how much they'd lost.

Typical of that greedy cow.

invicta - 22 Feb 2018 18:44:14 (#13 of 227)

They probably lost about 250k, so maybe she's right to be annoyed ...

Islington just had a reputation as a bit of a gentrified new labour / new money smug pit, I think. There's also something about the name, too; something slightly snobbish with its tendency to sound like a minor public school with ambition; "Islingtonians" and the like.

HerrWalrus - 22 Feb 2018 18:44:36 (#14 of 227)

It's got a couple of theatre pubs and a Waterstones, so can't be the worst place to live. Ok, rents are sky high, but that's nearly all London.

Maybe the lack of green spaces? Does the canal pass close?

popstar7 - 22 Feb 2018 18:50:57 (#15 of 227)

Who hates Islington? People who hate Blair and Brown mainly. Lambeth, Brent and Hackmey were more the 80s loony left councils. Islington was at least twenty years ahead of any of them for full on gentrification.

popstar7 - 22 Feb 2018 18:59:11 (#16 of 227)

So it's a gentrification thing. Clapham, Battersea and Notting Hill were at the same stage in the late 80s/early 90s. The Blairs put a handy face to the phenomenon.

Brunothecat - 22 Feb 2018 18:59:22 (#17 of 227)

Why the hatred for Islington?

I have never met anyone IRL who gives a toss about Islington one way or the other. Its media bubble shorthand for "I can point the finger at people coz I'm really pleb. Oh yes. I'm shoulders with the salt of the earth types who blame it all on 'pakis' me. Thats how edgy I am. Keep it real."

machiavelli - 22 Feb 2018 19:00:42 (#18 of 227)

"Islington/metropolitan liberal elite" is one of those lazy, boilerplate insults. It's also inaccurate - the targets likely don't believe in anywhere near the degree of personal freedom that denotes true liberalism.

levelgaze - 22 Feb 2018 19:03:37 (#19 of 227)

hatred for Islington

It's a Disaster for Corbyn!!1!

Crayola - 22 Feb 2018 19:07:48 (#20 of 227)

I'm on a council estate by an amazing Greenway linking to a big well-used park. Currently in my friendly local having bumped into a couple of friends on the 91 bus and said hello to two women I know from the gym. I used to be a governor in a school in one of the country's poorest wards. It's a mix of people as anywhere in London.

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