Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Tribute to a self made man. Caledonian Road slum landlord Panayi.
The problem with harping on about inherited wealth and the silver spoon entitlement of the toffs is that it tends to let off the hook the "self-made" toerags who have made it to the top by sheer force of naked greed and ruthless disregard for others. Such people are sometimes excused on the grounds that they started out with nothing and acquired their wealth by their own effort. If immigrants they are frequently praised for having, "come over here with nothing". The star of the Cally Road episode of A Secret History Of Our Streets was slum landlord Andrew "if the cow milks-milk it" Panayi who has simply ignored Islington Council planning department and built a huge underground mini-city of tiny dwellings that he lets out for exorbitant rents. Now local residents are fighting back with a leaflet campaign denouncing Andrew Panayi as a sociopath. Top work that might even motivate the spineless bureaucrats on the council.