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.

7 comments for “Homelessness

  1. Trevor
    January 28, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I share your bewilderment, James – but then I remember what we are hoping for is the public sector to function efficiently, so perhaps it’s our expectations that are at fault.

    I got involved trying to help someone through the benefit system a couple of years ago. This was a chap who had fallen very seriously ill twenty years ago in his late thirties. His condition was at that time thought to be terminal, but medications improved and have kept him going, although at the cost of debilitating side-effects and secondary conditions caused by treatment. He is obviously not up to working, and it is ridiculous to imagine that he could begin to compete in even the most buoyant job market. He underwent a fitness-to-work assessment (carried out by a Dutch nurse) and although all his conditions and difficulties were accepted as genuine he was awarded 0 points – in other words, he is regarded as being available for any employment, and so all his benefits were stopped. However, when attempting to claim job-seekers allowance he was denied on the grounds that his obvious health problems meant that he was not really available for employment. When the axe falls, it is very swift: he immediately became liable for rent, council tax, etc. Even as an organised responsible individual his savings were quickly exhausted and he was destitute within a couple of months. The last I heard he was sofa-surfing in his 50s and existing ‘off-grid’. We all get rightly enraged when reading of undeserving moochers living high on the hog, but I imagine cases such as the one above are as common. An added irritant for me was that of all the (incompetent, callous and indolent) officials I encountered when trying to help him not a single one was native British. We seem to have been importing a foreign caste to lord it over us in various capacities, just to rub salt into the wound. I despair.

    • January 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Can’t afford to have any medical issue in the UK, otherwise it’s curtains.

  2. Errol
    January 28, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    A long time ago Dad tried to buy a plot of land housing a disused factory.

    The intent was to build – at his own expense – houses, flats for the homeless in our small city. The struggle for planning permission took months, with the council fighting and picking at every single thing Dad tried.

    Eventually, he gave up. A month later, one f the councillors bought the lot – at a massive discount – and built flats on it (or a chum of his did) and sold them to welfarists making a fat profit off the state.

    Since that day I have viscerally hated statists, trougher councillors and their ilk. They’re all venal, greedy, stupid, nasty sewage and that’s me being polite.

    Once I saw that our entire govt agency training budget – some hundred thousand – had been wasted on five ‘executives’ spunking it on a weekend away at a 5 start hotel for ‘management coaching. Wives and girlfriends went as well.

    Until councils are chained, shackled and throttled they will remain so. The only option is complete and total democracy. Stamp on their necks. Keep the boot there until they give up and as soon as they start to squirm, kick them, hard. Sackings, salary controls, pension revocation. Nothing must be off the table. They must learn who the master is. Until they do, homelessness will only ever increase. The state does not exist. It is only effluent and scum seeking to line their pockets

    • January 28, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Can’t disagree with any of that.

  3. January 29, 2018 at 1:34 am

    For a long period of some ten years I lived in a rented two bedroom unit, though barely able to afford it. I responded to a TV ad by an Anglican Church org looking for people who could provide a room to a teenager who would otherwise be homeless. I fitted the bill almost exactly to their needs but was turned down as I smoke a pipe (outside).

    They had taken Caesar’s dinarii with the web of strings attached.

    Nevertheless, ‘off-authority’ I shared my spare room to a succession of chaps, seven or eight in the time, who were in ‘distress’, including a severely mentally ill fellow for whom I cooked and fed too. Each was able to show an address and get some centrelink support and were able to look for work. Several of the men were in the throes of divorce and had lost everything to rapacious wives and lawyers. I listened to many tales of woe. They moved on, having restablished some modicum of self-esteem and self reliance after several months. Most stayed with me for 6-9 months.

    To me Charity starts at home. With one’s home. And one’s own resouces.

    If individuals took some minor and quite limited responsibility for helping one’s fellow men there would be little need for ‘Authorities’ to lord it over the distressed and vulnerable, but of course that would put out of a job all the salaried (un)civil servants and NGO doo-doo-gooders who turn down help from chaps who smoke pipes.

    • January 29, 2018 at 5:25 am

      That requires a saint.

  4. January 30, 2018 at 7:58 am

    White native males and ex-soldiers need not apply…

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