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The scene of the death at Birmingham City Centre [Image: Birmingham Mail].

The scene of the death at Birmingham City Centre [Image: Birmingham Mail].


If I could predict this, it could have been prevented. It wasn’t.

Less than three days ago, I wrote: “You could lose a close relative or friend in the near future – particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable due to a health condition. In fact, your Conservative Government has done everything it can to arrange it.

“And what about the homeless – 120,000 of whom, this Christmas, will be children?

“Can anybody forget the horrifying fate of the man who was sanctioned, walked out into the street and froze to death?

“Expect more – many more. Maybe not this week, but soon.”

It was this week. Tonight we were told:

Birmingham has been shocked by the tragic death of a homeless man found dead in the city centre on the coldest night of the year.

There was a huge outpouring of emotion after the man’s body was discovered in John Bright Street late on Tuesday night.

He was believed to have been aged just 30.

Source: Updates: Huge reaction as homeless man dies on freezing night in Birmingham – Birmingham Mail

Police are claiming he could have died due to a drug overdose, which seems a flimsy attempt to say he brought it on himself. If he had drugs in his body, they could be a contributing factor, but – let’s be honest – it was sleeping in sub-zero temperatures that killed him.

And why was he out there, trying to kip in an NCP car park alongside two other homeless people?

This Writer would say it was because of Conservative Government policies that have caused homelessness to rise to a point at which the charity Shelter believes at least a quarter of a million people are now without a place to call their own.

The Conservative Government has said it does not recognise the figures. If it doesn’t recognise them, it clearly won’t be doing anything about them – like acknowledging its policies have hugely worsened the problem.

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