Necessity Still Breeds Ingenuity - Archive of SQUALL MAGAZINE 1992-2006

Portillo Cruise Gives Chelsea Blues

Council estate gets spring clean for Portillo’s electioneering visit

Squall Download 2, Dec-1999/Jan-2000, pg. 7.

“I think it’s disgraceful. We were told that it was because a very important person was about to visit. I think we are all as important as him. Why can't they keep it this clean all the time.”

So said 53 year old Helen Morris, resident of the World’s End housing estate, after her tower block received a spring clean prior to a ‘meet the people’ electioneering visit by Michael Portillo.

Mrs Morris's council estate is an anomaly in the Chelsea area; a run down council block situated amid the millionaires’ houses. Following Portillo’s October election in as Tory candidate for the forthcoming Kensington and Chelsea by-election, the former minister toured the cold shoulders of World’s End in the company of Anne Widdicombe in October.

”He swans in an out of here and that’s it,” said Mrs Morris. “All MPs are aliens, you never see them here apart from election time. Makes you sick.”