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Stuart, aged 39, has been living on the streets in Windsor for the past four months [Image: David Levene for the Guardian].

This is typical of the Conservative Party and its representatives at all levels of government.

They are perfectly happy to use their privileged positions to engineer harm to anybody less well-positioned than themselves. We have seen recently that Conservatives simply could not care less about the thousands more people who have been forced to sleep on the streets since their party took office in 2010.

But they cannot bear to see the results of their cruel work.

So Simon Dudley, Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, wants the police to clear homeless people off the streets, presumably in order to give an entirely false impression of his area to the rich and powerful people attending the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Clearly he wants these people to think Windsor and Maidenhead are glittering examples of perfect societies, where nobody could possibly be in such dire poverty that they are forced to live in the gutter, their belongings carried around in a few plastic bags.

He wants them to believe a fantasy.

If it were within This Writer’s power, I would encourage as many homeless people as possible to make their way to Mr Dudley’s council area by May 19 and put in an appearance on the big day – just to ensure that he doesn’t get away with his big con.

The leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, home to Windsor Castle, Eton College and Ascot racecourse, has demanded police use legal powers to clear the area of homeless people before the royal wedding in May.

Simon Dudley, the council’s Conservative leader, wrote to Thames Valley police this week seeking action against “aggressive begging and intimidation” and “bags and detritus” accumulating on the streets.

The letter, seen by the Guardian, follows a series of tweets sent by Dudley while on a skiing holiday in Wyoming over Christmas, in which he referred to “an epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy in Windsor” and said “residents have had enough of this exploitation of residents and 6 million tourists pa [per annum]”.

He tweeted that he would write to Thames Valley police “asking them to focus on dealing with this before the #RoyalWedding”.

Tens of thousands of wellwishers and tourists are expected to descend on the picturesque town on the banks of the River Thames for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May in St George’s chapel at Windsor Castle.

(Source: Windsor council leader calls for removal of homeless before royal wedding | Society | The Guardian)

Simon Dudley (left) [Composite: Evolve Politics].

News website Evolve Politics has elaborated on Mr Dudley’s position, which seems, in fact, to be delusional:

In a separate tweet posted whilst he was on a skiing holiday in Wyoming, the heartless Tory Council Chairman also claimed that some of those on the streets of Windsor have made a ‘life choice‘ to be homeless.

Dudley went on to claim that homeless people in the area were “marching tourists to cash points to withdraw cash, hanging out near car park ticket machines to get discounts and ask tourists for money”.

However, replying on Twitter, Thames Valley Police quashed the Tory Council leader’s claims, saying:

“We deal with reports of begging proportionately but we have not had reports of anyone being marched to cashpoints to take out money.”

Dudley responded by saying the issue was ‘voluntary homelessness’, and the leader of Windsor Council then went on to shirk any responsibility for the crisis, telling Thames Valley Police that ‘It is time for you to deal with this issue.’

The Labour Party has rightly demanded that minority prime minister Theresa May should condemn the comments by Mr Dudley. As the MP for Maidenhead, he is the leader of Mrs May’s own local authority:

Labour’s Andrew Gwynne has slammed the government’s record on homelessness as a ‘national scandal’ which ‘can’t be swept under the carpet.

The shadow local government minister said: “While many families spent this Christmas without a home to call their own, the leader of Theresa May’s Council was pleading for these people to be treated like criminals.

“The Prime Minister needs to immediately condemn these comments.”

But it seems the appeal is likely to fall on deaf ears.

After all, Mrs May recently denied the existence of the NHS winter crisis. She’ll have no problem applying her blinkers and earmuffs to this.

It is as I suggested at the top of this article:

Tories love to cause harm but hate to see the results of their mischief.


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