THE Guardian has condemned the middle-class gentrification of Brixton by its own readers.
The paper has backed the Reclaim Brixton campaign to stop working-class, ethnic minority groups being priced out of the London borough by white, liberal, middle-class people who work in the media.
Nikki Hollis, a Guardian columnist who lives in Brixton, said: “I’m having all my dreadful friends over for supper so we can discuss what to do about ourselves.
“We’ll probably force one of the local delis out of business, which would make the area five percent less desirable.”
Guardian reader Tom Logan said: “Brixton has changed so much since I moved here from Guildford six months ago to the flat my parents bought me on Coldharbour Lane.
“The African-Caribbean community is being forced out by white Guardian readers who want to live here because it’s associated with riots and reggae.”
He added: “I live here because The Clash once wrote a song about it, which is totally different.”
Donna Sheridan, 61, who moved to Brixton from Trinidad in 1965, said: “I think the Guardian readers are quite nice. Completely full of shit, but nice.”