As David Harvey pointed out few years ago with reference to a well-known excerpt by urban sociologist Robert Park, "the question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from the question of what kind of people we want to be". In fact the right to choose what kind of people we can be, is the right to live in the city we want to live in. A right to the city that contemporary London property market seems to have snatched from most of its people.
London is unashamedly stratified. It was always a city where extreme poverty lived cheek by jowl with extreme wealth, but the contrasts are starker than ever. Where a majority is scrambling to make ends meet, a wealthy minority treats the city purely as an asset base for investment.