Headed “Grabbit and grab some more”, the article compares Jackson’s travails through the courts with the never-ending Jarndyce v. Jarndyce in Bleak House.
The main point is that a relatively minor dispute escalated into one where Jackson came within a hair’s breadth of losing everything he has as a result of forfeiture. This was granted on January 30 and lifted in a session of Wandsworth County Court, from which the public were excluded, on February 26 – the day before the forfeiture order became absolute.
The article quoted Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, who has an interest in leaseholder injustices, saying: “Who in this case showed restraint or basic decency? It was injustice to apply the letter of the law to take everything from a pensioner who rightly challenged charges.
“English leasehold law is revealed in its ancient cruelty, expense and ghastliness.”