OPEN LETTER TO THE METROPOLITAN POLICE: I AM writing to express the utter despair and misery Kensington residents and businesses are suffering as a result of nightly protests and weekend mass demos outside the Israeli embassy.
The embassy has been closed for months with no diplomats in it, so the only people affected by sealed off roads, constant noise, police helicopters, damage to property, are us.
Damage and lost earnings to local businesses is almost £1million, with some shops and restaurants laying off staff.
The bill for extra policing and clean up is more than £1m, and guess who is picking up the tab? Us, the council tax payers!
These demonstrations only go ahead with police permission and we have been begging the Met to restrict them to Hyde Park or Trafalgar Square.
The answer we get is: "Everyone has the right to protest in a democracy."
Well, my understanding of a democracy is that the will of the majority of the people prevails and is not secondary to the demands of the core of Arab protesters, who are either members of, or supporters of Hamas, which has been branded a terrorist organisation by the US and the EU - its military wing is banned in the UK.
My question is: how come the so-called human rights of Kensington residents and business are apparently secondary?
I am appealing to the Israelis to move their embassy. It was bombed in 1994, pushing our insurance premiums sky-high and ever since we are plagued with protesters every time there is a flare up in the Middle East.
Maybe they'd like to join the Americans in their new home south of the river.
Secretary Old Court House Residents'Association