Watch: Philip Davies takes verbal slapdown in revenge eviction debate


Further to Vox Political‘s article about the two evil Tory MPs who ‘talked out’ the Private Members’ Bill on revenge evictions, here’s fun.

You have Bristol South Labour Party to thank for the following clip of Philip Davies, in full filibustering flow, being slapped down hard by Deputy Speaker Dawn Primarolo (who just happens to be Bristol South’s Labour MP), during last Friday’s debate.

Dawn is stepping down at the end of the current Parliament. Labour’s candidate to replace her is Karin Smith – Yr Obdt Srvt has met her and approves. She is one of that rare breed, a candidate who did not go to Oxford or Cambridge, has not been a SPAD, but has actually spent many years working for a living – in the National Health Service.

But never mind that – you want to see Davies getting his comeuppance. Here it is:

What a shame the next person to stand up was Christopher Chope.

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  1. becky December 1, 2014 at 6:47 am - Reply

    yet again on such an important piece of potential ledgislation the house is almost empty it makes me sick all the money wasted on the political class and no one goes to work to protect the people who pay their wages

  2. Janet McArthur December 1, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Mike, this is you, once again, taking the “Victimising Media”‘s view. Landlords (and I should know, as I am one, albeit in a relatively small way) have come under the same media umbrella as benefits cheats. We know there are a few really bad landlords, but they are the minority, just as benefits cheats are the minority. This government, in particular, are demonising certain categories of the population (quite a lot of categories, if you really think about it) in order to blind the general population to more serious things going on. The Councils were the worst slum landlords and that property was passed onto the housing associations who, I believe, are doing a much better job of it. It is especially less likely nowadays to have sub-standard property given the deluge of legislation that has come the landlord’s way over the last few years. It’s not so much revenge evictions that’s the problem. The problem is often getting tenants to tell you when something needs to be done before it gets worse and costs more money to fix in the longer term. We need to have the ability to request tenants to leave, because if you’d seen the state some of them make, you would think again. If someone came into your home and, in the course of a party or a few drunken weekends, managed to: remove skirting boards, punch holes in walls and doors, paint varnished window frames, cover up marks on the walls with a different shade of paint, break internal glass doors, leave stains on carpets, burn everything from carpets to acrylic shower trays with cigarettes and have pets they’re not supposed to have and the accompanying mess, you would want recourse to a reasonable law to have them removed before you went bankrupt. One of our last tenants was a very pleasant man and always well dressed. Latterly, we discovered he was an alcoholic (it’s often difficult even for experienced agents to know who the good tenants will be) and had a relapse. In the last 3 months of his tenancy he did most of the above and the stench, when we got the property back after the agent (now fired) asked him to leave, had me backing back out of the door – he had left dog food rotting in the sink and his hygiene had gone down the toilet, unlike his wee, which was all over the floor around the toilet and black with dirt. The things he didn’t do (the list was longer) have been done (and much, much more) by other tenants over the last 2 decades I’ve been involved in letting out property. Do you really think it’s acceptable for a property owner to have it trashed and not be able to do anything about it? Perhaps we need to have a law to say that a tenant causing criminal damage to a property should just be carted off into custody, charged and taken to court. Not only is it much less easy to make any kind of profit when you have so many checks and registration to pay for, but the repairs and maintenance after each tenant can be quite heart-stopping. Deposits almost never cover the amount of work needing done. I would be quite happy to see a database available to landlords to see who the bad tenants are. They would have to clean up their act, because no private landlord would touch them with a barge pole. It has gotten so bad we now consider ourselves to be in the “tenant subsidy” business and, when property prices at last start to rise, will seriously consider selling up (like thousands of others). Then tenants will see rents shoot through the roof. So, what I’m saying, just to be clear Mike, is that: it’s a great soundbite and panders to the popular press that this “evil” man has trampled on what might sound like a good idea. But what will happen is that all the truly awful tenants will cry “revenge eviction” and the landlords will have to prove it’s not. Do you think they will care if a landlord is unfairly tarnished? Tenants already have recourse to the Repairing Standard (in Scotland, in any case) and have plenty of rights. The landlord seems to have few and this man is fighting against them being taken away. Please, please look at both sides of an argument before you comment. Once again, the BBC and national newspapers are not reliable sources.

    • Mike Sivier December 1, 2014 at 10:38 am - Reply

      I can’t accept your assertion that the councils were the worst slum landlords without proof relating to all of them; its a gross generality. I live in a housing association property and getting the landlord to carry out repairs – a contractual obligation – is a forlorn hope in many instances. So personal experience mitigates against you on your starting point.
      That being said, I accept that landlords do get bad tenants. Of course this happens. Nobody is saying landlords should have no recourse to get rid of bad tenants, and that was not the point of the legislation.
      But how many of these tenants are there? More than the 320,000 who live in fear of revenge evictions from bad landlords? Do you think it is reasonable for a person to be thrown out of their home, just because they have asked their landlord to honour the terms of their contract?
      If tenants really have so many rights, why are so many living in fear of eviction, simply for asking their landlord to honour a contract?
      Your point about criminal damage is interesting. The clue is in the wording – “criminal” damage. If it is that bad, then yes – the tenant should be prosecuted for it and the law would be on your side.
      While I sympathise with your position on the subject of bad tenants, I think, in the words of Shakespeare, that you “protest too much”. Even the government accepted that there was a problem and supported the bill; Philip Davies and Christopher Chope were arguing against it – not to stand up for landlords in the position you describe, but simply to be contrary.

  3. hstorm December 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I’d say that closing swipe from Davies is a firm enough reason for him to face longer-term repercussions. It was an absolutely shameless display of contempt for Parliament.

  4. Nick December 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    mike it’s no wonder the EU have had a problem with the the uk
    firstly you haves the likes of nigel farage to deal with you then have David Cameron and last but not least you have the majority of Tory mp’s like this clown Philip Davies to deal with who show shocking bad manors at best and complete disregard to the public who pay their wages at worst

  5. Ian Duncan December 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    They’re just nauseating slime, these people, aren’t they? Why can’t they keep to their home counties golf clubs out of the way of decent people?

    • Techno December 1, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      The sad thing is that Davies is a northern MP who actually was an ordinary person once – he used to work in Customer Services at Asda.

      When somebody like that can’t even be trusted to protect the interests of the ordinary, powerless person…well, who else is there?

      • Mike Sivier December 2, 2014 at 1:56 am - Reply

        Someone who isn’t a Conservative? They’ll never stand up for ordinary, powerless people – Tories stand on them.

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