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Come on Let’s Kick the Poor (like we did last summer)

Come on Let’s Kick the Poor (like we did last summer)

  • June 02, 2015
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The Bible tells us that the poor will always be with us, and as long as they are around there will always be politicians willing to punish them for their poverty.     It might be the Wisconsin State Assembly, which has just approved legislation banning food stamp recipients from eating junk food and also...

Spiking the Homeless

Spiking the Homeless

  • June 09, 2014
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Many years ago back in the early 1980s, I lived in New York.   One of the many novelties that I was exposed to during those three and half years was the persistent evidence of   homelessness.     At that time tramps   and homeless people weren’t particularly visible in the UK, even in...

Tis the Season to be Hateful

  • December 28, 2013
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Some years ago I read that Charles Dickens would pay tramps to sit outside his house on Christmas Day, so that he and his carousing guests could enjoy the cosy domestic pleasures of the Victorian hearth even more, by contrasting it with the poverty and deprivation just outside his front door.

I’ve never discovered whether that...

Let squatters squat!

  • October 28, 2011
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It won’t be news to many people that there is a housing and homelessness crisis in the UK, but a few statistics are worth considering to remind ourselves of the dimensions of the problem.

According to the homelessness action group Crisis, 400,000 single people are homeless, and living in B&Bs, squats, or the floors of family...

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