Badges and t-shirts emblazoned with the unlikely slogan, ‘Keep Hackney Crap’ have appeared as part of a campaign set up by The Eel magazine in response to a comment Mayor Jules Pipe made last year.
Tony Collins from The Eel, which is produced by local artists, said: “When Jules Pipe accused opponents of the Dalston regeneration scheme of wanting to ‘keep Hackney crap’, many local luminaries were up in arms.
“Implicit in Pipe’s comment is a belief that he is actually making things better and that what is currently there is not worth keeping. This betrays a negative attitude to the area he is meant to represent. However, one person’s crap is another person’s gold.
“The Eel likes to celebrate that which is forgotten and marginalised. The ‘Keep Hackney Crap’ campaign is about retaining the things which genuinely make an area unique and loved.
“It is not reactionary to want to keep the little gems that characterise an area. Change will always come by stealth, force or evolution. We prefer the latter and do not believe it gets in the way of the genuine need to improve the living standards of the poorest.”