Make no mistake, I constantly tell myself – you, boy are one rung above homeless on the street. In my favour is age and therefore a working life of NI contributions – I notice the articles on the homeless have them between 20 and 45 in the main … and of course, indigenous, not foreign. Foreigners are either deported or have the red carpet and the fatted calf.
I want to know why. I want to know why councils turn their backs on the indigenous and why there are that many on the streets – for obvious, personal reasons I want to get to grips with this. It seems not enough to just put it down to “foreigners good, natives bad” – there seems something else.
There are drugs and alcoholism, of course. There are people who were dependent suddenly finding themselves alone, family having died off and nothing coming into the coffers. The overwhelming majority on the street are male, very few female. Why would that be? Better infrastructure for the female?
Someone mentioned the Catch 22 – you can’t get any benefits of any kind without a home address. Ipso facto, if you’re on the street, off the grid, then you have no home address.
This below was from Breitbart comments but I noticed the Beeb also ran a slick, glossy spread about it, with sliding pics and beautifully overlaid, moveable text. Luvverly – the homeless would be so impressed.
# Even worse, local authorities in Britain are making it an ‘offense’ to be homeless, yet they aren’t doing anything to help (real) British homeless people.
What is the law?
Officers can tell people to leave a certain area under Section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Under the new Act, police have the power to disperse individuals or groups causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour in public places or common areas of private land.
They are directed to leave a specified area and not to return for up to 48 hours.
Under the act, the person or persons must have contribute, or is likely to contribute, to “members of the public in the locality being harassed, alarmed or distressed” or “the occurrence in the locality of crime and disorder”.
The second condition of the Act stipulates that the officer considers giving the direction is “necessary” to stop anti-social behaviour.
Failure to comply is a criminal offence and doing so could see people landed with a fine of up to £2500 or imprisonment of up to three months, according to the Crown Prosecution Service.
# Unless the rules have changed in the meantime, homeless people can’t claim ‘benefits’ because they have no home address. Those who need help the most (a few quid to get by?) are denied it. I’ve come very close to being in those circumstances, in part down to my own stupidity, but it did make me realise what an awful position it must be for people to be in, whatever the reasons.
Our lack of cohesion is by deliberate intent to discard our tribal bonds – we have been sliced and diced in so many ways, very cleverly done, without our realising it; north against south, rich against poor, left against right, leavers against remainers, old (baby boomers) against young (snowflakes), fat against thin, smokers against non-smokers, dog owners against non-dog owners, women-working against stay-at-home mothers, petrol-car-owners against diesel-car-owners….. the list is endless and we have been encouraged by each successive government to sneer and look down on each other. Divide and rule (and manipulate for their nefarious purposes). But will we, in the end, come together when our backs are finally against the wall?
# Has anyone seen Muslims on the streets, homeless, sleeping in shop doorways? If there was a single Muslim in a sleeping bag in a shop doorway they would be the most photographed individual in the entire United Kingdom!
Disunited Kingdom more like. There is certain a lack of compassion or rather people so hardwired into survival that they cannot admit of others in need. It’s also unpleasant, not something to dwell on. There’s also a feeling on this side of politics that those who make some effort to provide for themselves are vastly preferable to “scroungers”. I’m sure that if I suddenly fell from this rung, certain people might temporarily help out until I was back on my feet – and I’d do the same for them.
That’s completely different to someone who plays on this to be perma-derelict and provided for. Were it apparent I have no chance whatever of getting back on top of things, I imagine whatever support there was would dry up.
Then we come to the organized begging, the professional beggars, apparently making a tidy sum. How can one tell the difference?
I don’t know the full story on homelessness, I can’t find a way though people’s prejudices on both sides of politics – those saying the homeless are all scroungers and those saying everyone should have a basic citizen’s income. I can’t get to the truth of it.