31 May, 2005
The government has no official figures on homelessness. That is why crisis are asking for a census and I do agree with independent that if Tesco can count how many water melons they sell. We can count the actual number of homeless and hidden homeless.
When it comes to homelessness. Many people are skeptical because what they see are the beggars in the street. Most are untidy, drunk or high or so they think. No one ever blames lack of a decent nights sleep. It could also cause someone stagger or to look as if they were high. Imagine having to walk everywhere and go two or three nights without sleep. God, I know what that feels like. To go without one nights is hard enough and its not pleasant. If you put yourself in their place you can only imagine half of what a homeless person has to go through and I am talking from experience. I think I am the proof that with help people can change and I think by giving people the means to change is empowering them to do it for themselves.
30 May, 2005
What better way of fooling the public than to give us the hint that Gordon will become the next prime minister just before the next general election. When what is really happening is that everyone in government knows that Gordon makes a fine chancellor, but they all know he probably won't be as good a prime minister. So the idea to keep Tony blair on as prime minister is the only option. So the secret service and all of Britons top scientists have come up with a way to give Tony a complete identity swap.
Gordon Brown gets to be prime minister as the public will see, but he is really Tony blair and the man we think is Tony Blair fades in to obscurity or dies in some weird accident. What a horrible thought that Tony could still secretly be prime minister.
Great conspiracy theory, don’t you think? If you don’t hear from my blog anymore you’ll know why. but as I've said I've been in the sun an awful lot this week.
27 May, 2005
We now have people saying that the over 50s are putting a 35 billion strain on the economy. Wow and I'm one of them. Is that just like saying your near pension age go and hide somewhere? What makes me laugh the most is we have a new deal for over 50s and a public accounts committee that over sees it. Yes it's Labours magic phrase new deal. What is a new deal anyway? I personally think it's a nice way of massaging the unemployment figures. The Third Age Employment Network (TAEN) an organisation set up to promote age diversity think this report has wasted an excellent opportunity. So now I'm off to the knackers yard. I hope its quick and painless? I wonder is there a new deal and a commitee over seeing that?
26 May, 2005
Well, it had to happen after the first burglary I thought things could not get any worse. After it happening again I still said to myself remember some of things you have done in the past and it's as they say what goes around comes around. Since then everything has sort of settled down. My peace has now been shattered by a crack house that has open upstairs from where I live. I know some of you might say welcome to our world. We have had to deal with this for years. I was just wondering how you cope with it right on your own doorstep?The funny thing is that I used to be one of those people that used to go to a flat to inject my illegal drugs. I spent over thirty years an addict. Funny how seeing it from the other side gives you a point of view you never had. I never really thought about the man who lived next door or the woman that lived across the road. I never thought about how worried they where about being mugged or burgled by the addicts that frequented the house. To me it was just a place to score and inject. What to do about it? The answer is I don't know. Because I know from experience if the people in the crack house think they have been grassed up there will be reprisals. I now know how people feel when they live with these crack houses on their council estates, I know the worry they have for their children’s safety as I see children at the bus stop every morning going to school and I know pushers have no conscience and wouldn’t be bothered about selling to children. So what do you do? The crack house was made empty just yesterday. Today they’re back again. This time there are more of them. The days of me being one of them have changed. Now I live in a different world. Without drugs or friends that are addicts. It is a choice that I made and I’m so glad I did. This Christmas coming will be my sixth one drug free. It was one Christmas that I made my life changing decision. I have had a lot of help along the way from crisis and its open Christmas. They also paid for me to go to college and helped me buy my computer with their changing lives grants for which I will always be so grateful. So you see having a crack house on top of me, for me could become a problem if I let it. Because just like a alcoholic will always be a alcoholic. I will always be a addict it doesn't matter if don't use ever again. It's just the way it is. Just to cheer my self up. Sometime this week I am going to wear my T-shirt that says BEEN THERE. DONE IT. NO TIME FOR REGRETS. I HAVE A LIFE TO LIVE. Made by me of course.
25 May, 2005
I know it's nice to have your own home if you have a family and there's nothing wrong with it, but for some if we are honest, it's just a pipe dream.
Trying to meet the ever increasing rents are what most people worry about including me. Some people lose their homes because their rent has spiraled out of control. Until something is done then there will be more tough times ahead and more homeless people. Oh by the way I have an idea. How about renovation of old houses? I hear through the grapevine they're empty and they're already built. Oops sorry, I forgot new homes on government land is the fad for this government this term.
24 May, 2005
It was just the words long term growth and prosperity that struck me. You see like 25% of people in this country who are on benefits or receive a state pension. We are stuck in a poverty trap that seems void of any solution. I don't see long term growth in my future. Prosperity. Like many people I struggle to make ends meet and I don't have a mortgage thank God or else I would be up shit creek without a paddle. OOPS sorry.
So far nothing in the speech for me. Only the hope that if the country grows so should I. In the next part of the speech I think the queen said something about legislation in key areas of public services, education, health, welfare and crime. Now we come to the heart of things because just before this there was a passage that said something about promoting opportunity and fairness. The word fairness struck a chord. Now I know this was a speech for all, if I'm not mistaken, but these are the questions I put forward:
Is it fair to exclude someone who wants to learn more from education because he has no fixed abode?
Is it fair to refuse someone employment because of his address ie hostel, hospital, hotel or their past?
Is it fair that when a homeless person is attacked (which by the way is 13 more times likely than the average member of the public) that it should all be blamed on their living on the streets? Is it fair that they should be victimised?
Is it fair to put the aged into homes and charge them exorbitant amounts which they can't afford. I could go on and on but I won't. The bit about smoking in public places and ID cards; all I can say is this the start of George Orwells 1984. What the hell is coming next? Did you notice how the government put the ID cards in the queens speech just a simple one liner. Not saying we'll talk about it, but this is what's going to happen.
I always thought of Britain as a free nation. It seems I could be wrong because the way I see things going are that soon we will have a big brother. Where everything is known about everyone. Freedom will just be a word.
The queens speech just made me wonder is this really going to be a government of equality or a government full of broken promises.
1. They are lazy good for nothing, this came from Ron a sixty two year old that then proceeded to tell me the in my day monologues.
2. Then I had a woman with two children that said she felt sorry for them but it was their own fault that they are that way they should be working not begging for a living.
3. I had a group of students from the states tell me they have the same problem but they do have soup kitchens which are open during the day. I proceeded to tell them that we do have day centers.
4.Then I met one irate man called Nobby who told me the government should do something to remove homeless people from the streets. I told him what the government had done so far and he replied F... Me you couldn't tell the difference could you. (his words not mine) I see them everyday of the week in the same place and I even knows their names. Some of them are a bit rowdy but basically nice fellas when they are not asking for money. After talking to many more and getting answers from most people I stopped. The impression I was left with is that most people assume that homeless people have become homeless through drugs and acholohol and that they themselves are to blame for their predicament. Only a few said they thought it was caused through something else. So my question is how do we break this myth that a large per cent of homeless people are druggies or alcoholics ?
23 May, 2005
Well, they are there if you look, but homelessness is not only counted by people sleeping rough it is also counted by the number of people sleeping in hostels, hotels and not all of them. What are not counted are those that are sofa surfing at friends or those that are squatting. And believe me when I say the figure is far greater than the governments estimate.
What is the root cause of homelessness?
Do you think that poverty and homelessness go hand in hand?
Has the government got it right in the things they are trying to do to eradicate homelessness?
Would this government be better off tackling poverty first and then homelessness?
Has homelessness been ignored for so long that it has now become incurable?
Just for a minute imagine being in a hostel after living on the streets for a little while and the hostel refuses to accept that you don't need their help anymore and because you refuse to accept it you are in danger of becoming homeless. Well, I have come across such a case. The mans name is Malcolm. He has now been in his hostel for nearly two years. When he first went in to the hostel he had a minor drink problem. Which could have become a major problem had he not had the help he was given from the hostel. That was two years ago. Now he feels he no longer needs the care that the hostel can give. He feels he is ready to move to the next stage of his recovery. He now has been told that if he refuses the care and support on offer. He breaks his housing contract. Which to me seems stupid as under their guidance this man has become what I would call a model for there hostel and I may add to this. He has been working voluntary for the homeless charity Crisis as a volunteer for nearly two years as well. Surely this shows how much progress he has made. I have read the contract and it does make it quite clear. On the other hand this man is supposed to sign a contract every six months and from what I can see no contract has been signed for the last eighteen months. So if the hostel is relaxed about signing they can also be relax their policies and help this man move on to the next stage. This is not the first story I have heard about hostels treating it's clients unfairly. I hope to bring more tales of woe very soon.
We also have a majority of people that want their government to serve.
20 May, 2005
I had this thought of myself in a chain gang digging up a road wearing the old fashioned stripe suit. Sunday best was one full of arrows like you see in old black and white movies.
What I ask myself is this a good idea, just another expensive waste off time? I really do think it's a barmy idea. Why should someone be identified as a petty criminal by all and sundry? A friend of mine not mentioning any names (you know him as the don of all coordinators) told me to read The Times I think it was, but I read the Guardian instead. It had a small piece on the subject. Yet this time it suggested them wearing the same colour suit, tie and white shirt. If that's not a uniform I'll eat my hat.
My feeling on this subject are, why are we thinking of things like this? This is a society that believes we should help reform prisoners. It's not as if we make them go to what ever meeting they have to. IE: probation officers in some cases they have to visit a psychiatrist on a weekly basis and some have to see drug councilors. Some are even do community service. So why are we trying make them stand out? Shouldn't we be treating them like normal people? Community service is already their punishment for whatever crime they have committed. So as recompense we make them serve the community. I don't see making them stand out as a positive step towards rehabilitation. In fact I see the opposite happening. I see offenders resenting the fact that they are being made to stand out.
The government seem to think this will ease overcrowding in prisons. I think people are now fed up with the ease that some people who have committed terrible crimes get off so easily in courts The disparity of sentencing is beginning to become a major concern. This is a more pressing matter than the colour some offender should wear. Shouldn't the government be thinking of ways to stop people offending? I have to agree with the Conservative veiw on tougher sentancing.
I say no to the ludicrous Idea of branding offenders whist serving the community because giving someone a colour to wear is a bit like branding. If I'm not mistaken the Germans did that to the Jews in the war. I think it is a wrong step to take.
19 May, 2005
The older generation are probably saying. Why change something that works? Is this what the government are saying too? After all they won the election. Do you think we should reform our voting system?
Don't you think it about time homelessness was ended once and for all. We are the fourth richest country in the world. Yet when we wake up and go to work we see people sleeping in shop doorways it not only occurs in England it also happening in Northern Ireland In the Queens speech she spoke of equality and and fairness. Don't you think it is about time that homeless people were treated fairly and as part of today's society. Do you agree with me when I say people from all walks of life no matter what should be equal?
18 May, 2005
17 May, 2005
16 May, 2005
It was getting dark when I took this photo. The memory of this place was as if it was just yesterday because, this was where I slept on the first night my money ran out and I couldn't afford a B and B. The thing that I remember most was that I was not the only homeless person trying to sleep there, but that was way back when I was fifteen and a half. That was thirty seven years ago. The statue hasn't changed it has just been cleaned. I just wondered if any thing else had stayed the same and how many of the people you see in the picture are homeless? Just like I was all those years ago
15 May, 2005
What has happened to our society?
Are we too soft on crime and punishment?
Should we go back to the days of a life for a life?
In my teens from what can remember of them we had queer bashing, paki bashing, sorry for the words I use but that is what we called it then. Rarely was it fatal. Ok it wasn't the right thing to do but compared with what's happening today. What can you say most times today if you get attacked you die or are seriously injured.
Most of the people I've spoken to say, tougher sentences, longer prison terms and when someone gets life it should mean life. I wonder do you agree.
13 May, 2005
Cathy we met in Birmingham. She was A 25yr old former addict. Who spilt from her partner and found herself with nowhere to go. She went to Birmingham homeless advice centre and was place in a new project. Where she now lives and receives advice and treatment for her addiction. She says she wants to live a normal life just like everyone else. She hopes to have her own flat and go to college. I hope she does. All the best for the future Cathy.
I hope to do a follow up on all the people I have featured on my blog. just to see how they are getting along.
This is only one instance of a craze that is causing so much panic amongst the general public. Certain shopping center's are banning youngsters who wear hooded the attire of the happy slapping gangs from their shopping malls.
Crazy isn't it? We can be assaulted and on most occasions robbed by these gangs of happy slappers and it's called a craze.
I spoke to people on the bus this morning and the replies I got were,we are too soft on these youngsters today. Bring back flogging that will teach them a lesson. Give them the short sharp shock treatment. Let them join the armed forces that'll teach them discipline.
Well, here's what I say. We used to have a suss law but, because it was being used racially we redefined it and now it's called a stop and search law. Which, I'm told is still racially inclined, but what can you do if you have a society of youngsters trying to become famous on the fast track? Because that's basically what is happening. How do we prevent this? (Tick tock tick tock that's my brain working by the way) It all hinges on a thing called an act of premeditation. To premeditate something is to think about it and arm yourself with the tools you need to perform whatever premeditated action you have in mind. Whether it be selling drugs robbing someone one. When it is not on person alone then it must be conspiracy. Happy slappers do this they conspire with each other on what bus to catch and where to find their victims. Although most victims are picked at random it is still a premeditated act. slappers consist of between 2 any number of hooded youths with a phone cameras. They would not dare do it on their own as the victim might and does in most cases fight back. To me this is a premeditated act. Most happy slapping occurrences end either with a robbery or the vic
11 May, 2005
Do we really need them?
When we had a king ruling we didn't need them then. All he needed was his advisors which to be honest are what MPs are today.
Was it one man's vision for the future of this country or is it still an insane idea that's been put into practice?
Are MPs really as deaf as we think they are?
We are always complaining that MPs don't hear a thing we say, and that they always seem to assume what the people want or need.
So what do MPs really do? Me personally I'd love to know.
09 May, 2005
If you apply for a crisis loan at your local Dss office on the form you fill in. It says do you have any other means of getting a loan besides the loan your applying for. And it does state all the means the government think you might be able to IE. Credit cards,store cards, bank accounts, friends, family,loans even insurance policies you maybe able to claim on. It does seem to me, it is expected in today's society that you have one or the other.
Debt has become another problem this country has. This country broke through the one trillion pound of personal debt and it is increasing by one million pound every four minutes.The rates of inflation these companies charge are nearly as high as the loan sharks that come to your door along with their minders. The only thing it can be called is legal daylight robbery
I can now tell you how to spend more than you earn without trying or if you're unemployed how to spend money you don't have by using the high street loan sharks.
Banks: ie Barclays, Lloyds, Nat west are supposed to follow a strict code of conduct when lending money or giving credit cards.
But do banks see vunerable people as a way of making higher profits for their investors?
Bank staff are under pressure to push on to people loans, credit cards, protection insurance. Many of the vital credit checks are being ignored.
When I first moved in to my flat I opened a bank account. After a few months I was asked if I wanted to use their overdraft facilities. I had to think about it for a few minute but declined their offer and signed to say I didn't want it. Then about nine months ago, out of the blue I received a credit card which I had not applied for. Now if I had not been the person I am. I could have easily used the credit card and run up a massive bill. Being unemployed I would not have been able to afford the repayments. Now if that had happened to someone let's just say an addictive disorder. That credit card would have been like a bar of gold. The same also applies to someone that has been homeless for a long while and have just got their flat. It would have been like a red flag to a bull so I can understand when people say their spending just got out of control. The idea that a credit card gives you unlimited wealth is great but in practice all it brings is misery if your on a low income. The idea that someone can be sent credit cards or get loans without sufficient checks being made is not acceptable by any standard. Their are supposed to be a strict banking codes of practice. But they are not be adhered to.
The only way I see banks keeping to their own guide lines are:
If a bank is found to have given loans, credit cards with insufficient checks? Then the bank itself should pay the amount owed.
If the bank is at fault? The the bank should be fined a large amount and the customer should also benefit from the banks inaptitude by way of compensation.
If the bank is at fault due to staff pressures? The bank should be fined if staff are not trained properly or find that their staff are not doing the job properly.
These are just a few measures that if enough people complain about the way they are forced to have credit cards, loans it might just make the banks think twice if they know there are fines for not applying their own strict guide lines.
Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Richard Brighton and Lib Dem councilor Alistair Dow pictured here in Birmingham signing the pledge to end homelessness.
Richard Brighton says he understands that more need to be done to help homeless people and those living in hostels. He also agrees with me on drug rehabs. He says that more drug rehab places need to be available now as we need to fight the problems of drug addiction and alcoholism now rather than later. It would save millions of pounds for government and businesses in the future It would also help estranged families come together.
My question is was he just saying this to appease me?
08 May, 2005
It took many different nations to defeat Hitler. Yet,together we managed it. although millions of lives were lost in both world wars, you'd think the fact that we came close to being ruled by a dictator that only wanted blue eyed and blond haired people to be the master race, we would have learned something about the senseless waste of war. Wars should never happen, but if you look back throughout history. It seems every four hundred or so years there is a great war. I've heard it said that this is a way us, humans keep the population on earth down. Is it something in the human make up that lets us kill one another? Is it that impossible for us to learn that war destroys civilizations and that a war today could actually destroy everything in a matter of minutes, now that we have the technology to do so. Can you image talking to your son, mother, father or your sister on the phone. Then you hear the warning sirens, then nothing. It would be as if you never had been here. No legacy to leave. Only the clouds of radiation. So yes, I am grateful to all those men that fought to give me my freedom and for the peace they keep. To those men they will always have my gratitude. I am also grateful to the men of today who prevent some lunatic from dropping the bomb that will end all.
Yet, I can't help but thinking to myself, that the to make war on each other is such an idiotic waste of life.
07 May, 2005
Amongst the cabinet reshuffle we have three new faces we shall have to see how they perform. Once again no mention of anyone being appointed for a new position on temporary housing
I wonder why all the homeless agencies have pointed out that we do have a major problem with what is known as hidden homelessness. So why doesn't the new government do something right from the start of their third term in office. Because I can assure them if the situtation does explode the way it has been forecast. Then Labour will have no chance of ever addressing the problem. It will be the same old story of people sleeping on the streets. So I shall keep on and on like some broken record shouting at who ever is in power to Wake up and smell the coffee
06 May, 2005
As I was watching the election and yawning at the same time last night. I turned the TV over and there was an appeal to end poverty all the stars like Hugh grant, Liam what's his name,Sean Penn. I started thinking and before you say it. I'll say it for you. Stop thinking or your brain will explode. Anyway where was I? Oh yes, last night. I had these thoughts of why should society care about complete strangers? Imagine a society that didn't care and what that would be like. Everyone just looking out for themselves. Families that didn't look after each other. Terminally ill people would die alone. Old people would have to fend for themselves. There would be no second chances say, if you were a drug addict and wanted to change. You could not get the help that was needed because no one cared. If you where sick you would become an outcast. The less fortunate would not be able to survive. It would be like the days you read about in the bible. Life would be a sheer nightmare.
I do believe that caring for others is part of our human make up. No matter what colour or religion you are. I just wondered if we really are a world society of different creeds and colours? I know if a bomb destroys a town in Russia tomorrow we wouldn't think twice about helping. Although we don't agree with some of it's governments policies. If another disaster happened in another part of the world. We would be there. Strangers helping strangers. In this country we have charities such as crisis the charity that empowers the homeless. Homeless link another charity that works with both the homeless and other similar organizations. We have age concern that helps the old and infirmed. We have so many which does prove we are a caring race of people and the saying charity starts at home is a true saying. If we end the things like homelessness, poverty and cruelty to children and animals at home while trying to make a difference in the world. We can say most definitely say we have made a start on being a better society and being one of the richest is the kind of a bonus that allows us to do it. This is what makes us a society. Society doesn't mean conformity.
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The funny thing about voting was, looking at all the candidates names on the slip of paper and thinking, who should I vote for and why should I vote for them? I had never seen anyone of them at my front door asking me to vote for them. Then I thought about the big voice tour I'd just been on and the questions we asked some prospective candidates. I did remember some of the answers they gave.(which was a miracle for me as my memory is kind hazy at times.) Even this line of thinking went out of the window because as I was standing there ready to put my x in the box. I knew that just by putting it next to someone's name, I was hoping my vote was going to make a difference. I wasn't only voting for myself. I was voting for those voices that are not heard. I was in fact saying I hope my vote will make a difference. I want this person to be my member of parliament because I think he will do the best job for me and others. The only thing now I think about it. Was it the right choice? Only time will tell.
As the result came early this morning I sort of expected the result as did half the country. The most unusual thing about this election I think, was it wasn't fought on the real important issues. I believe it came down to a popularity contest. It was a sort of smaller version of an American election with out the razamataz. Well, that's what I think, but Isn't funny how one little x on a piece of paper might make a difference.
05 May, 2005
A. What a load of crap. You are wasting your time talking to me. I am one of the forgotten.
Q. So you don't have any views or opinions?
A. I have a lot, but who's going to listen to some homeless guy, even if he does have a job? Now go away and let me get some sleep. I have to go to work in the bloody morning
Q. Can I take you photograph for my blog?
A. No, besides who's going to listen you. You are like me, no matter what you've done or are trying to do. You're of little concern. So who the F... are you?
A. Just someone with a voice.
04 May, 2005
Questions I have to ask is should we keep on building on Greenfield sites when we have brownfield sites available.
What about the properties we already have? That have been vacant for ages because councils are strapped for cash?
What about making the some of the issues on homes. Fair and affordable rents for single homeless people
Will you vote for the one that says we wouldn't have taken our country to war? When you know he dam well agreed with it in the first place or will you vote for the laid back character you know has said all the right things? But there's something about him and you just can't bring yourself to trust him. I'm Not saying politicians lie but they do seem to stretch the truth a rather long way sometimes. What people think are the important issues get lost on deaf ears. The parties machines just turn on their own agendas and steam roller any issue that will cause them to slow down.
My point is so far I have heard nothing on homelessness from any party and I know it's a very important issue because although the previous government did remove People from the street and put them in hostels or bed and breakfast hotels. We now have a problem of what is now called hidden homeless. If it keeps on rising the way it has been in the last few years many people plus myself see a system that will break down. We will see a return to the old days of rough sleepers in their thousands sleeping on our city streets once again. So I ask all you prospective parliamentary candidates Did it get mistakenly left off all the parties manifestos?
My friend John says he's going to vote for his MP because she's better looker at than the other candidate as he's a bloke he always been a bit of a sexist but he does have a point when he says what's the point they don't listen. Better of voting for the sexy one.
My friend Angela s really serious and the last time I saw her she was still humming and ahhing about who she was going to vote for but I think she'll end up sticking a pin in some photos and choosing that way.
Me I'm still a little undecided although I have an inkling who I will be voting for. Maybe common sense will prevail after all.
03 May, 2005
A FUTURE THAT'S LOOKING ROSY
Because of a project that works
We met Caroline in Birmingham. Caroline a former sofa surfer on various friends sofa's was made homeless in Birmingham. She was brought up by her parents in Glasgow. Who she says were she middle class. she moved to Birmingham and slept on friends sofa's but this came to an end, after finding herself homeless, she found it hard to rent as no one would take anyone on social security benefits. Luck was on her side she went to a Birmingham drop in centre for the homeless and was found a place. She moved into a brand new hostel project. Which I vistited and found it to be one of the best projects I have come across in my experience of hostels. The hostel it self caters for single homeless women with or without problems. Although she is still a hidden homeless statistic the future for Caroline looks bright and rosy and I wish her all the best for the future and I hope to see her at the official opening of the project.
Just with friends
Just sitting with friends on a Friday night.
Having a drink and relaxing
Plans for weekend
Doing nothing too taxing
Work is over for another week.
Colleagues and friends sitting around chatting.
Letting their hair down is all they seek.
There I am this former homeless guy
Sitting, chatting ,smiling and thinking.
Funny I'm being treated like someone normal
Yet I still don't know why.
In the background music is playing some rappers rapping.
All the talk is about war, politics, peace and sexuality
Then everything hits me, the answer I'd been seeking
No matter what, we are all part of today's society.
It was just a thought I had sitting having a drink with friends and it seems I answered my own questions. These are the thoughts of someone that's been homeless.
The welcoming of normality is really quite strange to someone that's never quite fitted in.
I took 100 of each section-18yr olds, 21 and early thirties and above married with kids.
Then I took the on the older generation which I though was a generally good idea. Boy did I get some lip from some grumpy people. I just put it down to being a warm weekend. So after a sluggish start my figures came rolling in.
The average wage of an 18yr old is a little above £8,500 a year.
The average wage doesn't differ that much for a single man or a married between the age of 21 to thirty it was an average of just £13,500 year.
In the 30 to the older grumpier age group. I was even more surprised at such a high figure of low paid workers especially because this was London the average was just £19,000 and many of these people had two children. Many were not in the high paid office section which I assumed most to be. most were shop workers and factory workers from different parts of the country.
So you compare my average to the governments and see what you come up with. Remember the way tax works it's always been on what the government think the public can afford. If the national average was low then less tax but no government in it's right mind would tell you that. I have an idea how about sending me the figure on what you earn then I can work out the national average and send it to who ever's in government and tell them this is the figures tax should be based on not some over inflated government figure plucked from the air or a near enough figure. That's how my weekend went and I began to suspect the government of having what I call the sheriff of Nottingham syndrome. What we need now is a Robin Hood any takers?
Yes, Blair might have been full of bull.... Oops, can I say that word? Better not just in case. Would Michael Howard be any different? After all he did agree with Blair on going to war with Iraq. He now wants an inquiry on it along with that third party. What are they called?
Howard also accuses Blair of stealth taxes . He says his party won't put up taxes. So he would also have to have some form of stealth taxes; after all he has to raise money somehow. I personally don't think cutting the number of civil servants is the answer or slicing in to chunks our armed forces. We need to be prepared as they say in the boy scouts. So common sense tells me think about what is being said and what has been done under former governments. Maybe that will bring about an answer to the dilemma of the election. If you think about it too hard (because none of the parties really seem to have) I think they have already assumed what the country needs instead of listening to its people first.
Do we really care about the three main party leaders and their personalities? Shouldn't we be concentrating on what Labour has done and what the Conservatives believe they can do? Oops, I've done it again - I do believe there is a third party with a leader so laid back I've forgotten his name.
02 May, 2005
01 May, 2005
Well, Tony you try being homeless and having people looking at you when you're sitting down on a park bench in the middle of any city in this country. Resting, because you're tired and have blistered feet from walking and your clothes are a bit grubby, because you had to sleep in them on a dirty street last night. You try sleeping on the streets on cold nights and have people kicking you and shouting abuse at you. Did you know that a homeless person is 13 times more likely to be assaulted and abused than the general public. Ask anyone that's homeless or living in hostels.
It's that look some of the public give you as you're sitting there maybe rubbing your feet or even when you're walking with your sleeping bag tied to your back. You can see the oh he's just another one of those alcoholics or junkies. That's exactly what some of the public do think and I hate to admit it's a rather large percentage of the public. It's because everyday on their way to work or when they go out shopping they see things and assume it's must be that homeless mans fault. The public see the homeless as the problem. Not homelessness as a problem. It's a stigma that sticks to you even after you get your own place. I should know I have my own place but I still get the looks from people that have actually met me on the street.
All three Major parties must not see it as a problem. It's not in any manifesto, it's certainly not on any political agenda. The question is why? Are the homeless and hidden homeless of no consequence? Are they indeed the forgotten minority?
Oops, I've ranted on again and kind of wondered off the subject I started with. Sorry Tony, I'm not really.
I must admit Mr Blair taking us to war, not a smart move. You ever heard of clean your own house first. Take a good look around our cities. If you don't see what I see then I can recommend a good optician, if you can get an appointment.
The war I don't think will make much difference in history. Just a thing you will be famous for. Now if you'd have changed the country and made a difference. Then you'd have been remembered for something great.
Mr Blair you leave a legacy that is much the same as lady Thatcher. The only difference is, she won her little war. Are you sure you're not a Tory indisguise? You can tell me you know I wont tell, I promise.