Posted by: Closed Circuit18/05/2012
Closed Circuit got its five minutes of fame with a brief appearance on the small screen last week.
While watching BBC One’s documentary Britain’s Biggest Hoarders, Closed Circuit was shocked by the piles of food, papers, plastic and general clutter that filled the subjects’ gardens and homes from floor to ceiling.
As the camera focused on the rubbish covering every inch of hoarder Richard Pout’s home it rested on a pristine copy of Inside Housing, still in its cellophane wrapper.
While Closed Circuit was delighted to see itself on TV it couldn’t help but urge Mr Pout to throw the magazine out. Go on, we really won’t be offended.
A deftly aimed surgical strike on a tourist bus driving through the Amsterdam suburbs this week would have taken out the great and the good of the UK housing sector.
Grant Shapps led a trade delegation, including Homes and Communities Agency supremo Pat Ritchie and Communities and Local Government department’s housing chief Terrie Alafat, to sneak a peak at the crazy multi-coloured houses of Holland’s self-build capital Almere.
The (‘this is not a…’) junket was rounded off with a reception at the ambassador’s residence in The Hague, ‘where we’ll no doubt be eating
Ferrero Rocher all night’, as the minister put it.
But a Closed Circuit spy at the shindig revealed the truth - there was not a praline-filled choc in sight. So maybe it wasn’t a junket after all…
Those who know and love the Housing Finance Corporation’s king of the bonds Piers Williamson will be well versed in his presentational style.
But he surpassed himself last week with the use of a slide pertaining to the growth of European economic nationalism - in other words, the threat posed by the disintegration of a fiscally unified Europe.
And what did he use to illustrate this subtle, nuanced concept? The Dad’s Army swastikas and Union Jack-filled title sequence. Mr Williamson is a fine orator, a potential diplomat he is not.
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