The Daily Mail reports that a bailiff and his female colleague were shot in south London while they tried to evict a housing association tenant with rent arrears. The tempation is to let out a small cheer but we do not know the details of this case. Though if it transpires that the bailiffs behaved in the way that Rundle & Co do, and the police were equally unmoved to investigate, one would not be the least bit surprised at this action - and this was only a matter of time.
Local politician Chuka Umunna has said “It is very important that those who provide housing and related
services can do their jobs without living in fear, never mind without
suffering extreme violence of this type." Given the conduct of various authorities across the country, I say "physician, heal thyself". If you continue in this manner, then those who "provide housing and related
services" will most definiately live in fear, and deservedly so.
If the public cannot rely on the police, the councils and the bailiffs to acknowledge and uphold the law, then there is little recourse but for citizens to take the law into their own hands. Should the situation not improve, I expect we shall see a great deal more of this - and I, for one, will not lose any sleep over it.