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Protesters sing for joy as HfI disbanded

PUBLISHED: 15:01 02 December 2011

Thoms Cooper and the other singers

Thoms Cooper and the other singers

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Campaigners who have fought long and hard against controversial housing group Homes for Islington sang on the Town Hall steps the celebrate the companies abolition.

Thomas Cooper, whose online petition Disband HfI got 1,600 signatures, wrote the song and performed it with other protesters prior to a meeting of the council’s executive last week.

The ditty follows the tune of Top of the World by The Carpenters, and the lyrics “so goodbye HfI, we’ll have no more of your lies, we’re reclaiming real accountability” rang out through the autumnal night air.

At the meeting Mr Cooper presented the full compliment of 2,201 signatures calling for HfI to be scrapped, and congratulated the council on their decision.

But Cllr James Murray, Islington Council’s executive member for housing, warned: “Bringing council housing back in house is not a magic wand that will sort out all the problems. There are issues with the way the housing service is delivered and we need to address them.”

Applause broke out around the chamber as the executive approved the decision.


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