Homeless charities slam ‘open season’ on street people

The leader of Windsor council sparked uproar over his call for rough sleepers to be cleared from the town before the royal wedding in May.

Where have I seen this described before?

Here: “The differences between people are not respected. There is a division of ‘us’ and ‘them’, which can be carried out using stereotypes, or excluding people who are perceived to be different.”

In case you’re wondering, that’s “Classification” – the first stage of genocide. Think about it.

Charities have expressed concern about an “open season” on homeless people following tough language by police and political figures and vigilante threats to “fake homeless”.

Those working on the frontline suggested that rough sleepers and others might be facing a cold climate in a broader sense even as a major operation swung into action to shelter homeless people amid heavy snow and falling temperatures.

Police in Cambridgeshire claimed last week that every single “homeless” beggar in Ely was making “substantial amounts of money” and that the city had no genuine rough sleepers.

There was also an outcry over a campaign launched by a businessman in Torquay, Devon, in which volunteers photographed people and put up posters warning “fake homeless” people that they would be “cross-referenced”.

Separately, the leader of Windsor council – who sparked uproar over his call for rough sleepers to be cleared from the town before the royal wedding in May – said on Twitter on Thursday that there would be a major investment next month in community wardens to focus on antisocial behaviour across the borough.

The council had earlier in the month withdrawn plans to fine rough sleepers £100 as part of a strategy enforced by wardens. A spokesperson said plans to expand the number of wardens were being worked on.

Source: Homeless charities slam ‘open season’ on street people | Society | The Guardian


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5 thoughts on “Homeless charities slam ‘open season’ on street people

  1. cmgregson

    Chris Williamson is a friend of this blog, and I.write to ask him to tone down the hostile.environment created for people on the streets on his doorstep in Derby City Centre. A Public Space Protection Order is now in force with a low burden of proof needed to charge and remove those deemed undesirable. It has led to the return of the ‘paddy wagon’ – a huge police van regularly appears to scoop large numbers of street dwellers up and remove them. I have seen five officers surrounding one entirely passive man who seemed not to know where he was, double-cuffed and arrested for suspicion of being high in public. Civilian enforcers are reportedly being recruited to ratchet up harassment to the next level in April.

    For years Derby has been systematically redesigning its outdoor seating areas so they cannot be slept on, and running campaigns telling us that beggars are fake and using the cash for drugs – using a made-up ‘diary’ to hit the message home. A recent article went further, blaming soup kitchens for keeping people on drugs with no right of reply to the volunteers.
    https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/black-mamba-derby-police-drug-1204875

    Chris – you’re a good compassionate man and I deeply respect you for hitting the streets researching Black Mamba. Please persuade our authorities to prioritise saving lives, rather than hiding and further criminalising those already at rock bottom.

  2. NMac

    The relentless Tory and right-wing propaganda has had an appalling effect. This was exactly how Nazi Germany started – with propaganda denigrating certain sections of society.

  3. The Toffee

    There was also an outcry over a campaign launched by a businessman in Torquay, Devon, in which volunteers photographed people and put up posters warning “fake homeless” people that they would be “cross-referenced”.

    People actually ‘volunteered’ to do this? Jesus wept, it’s becoming more of a fascist state each day, here.

    I once read that the German city of Wurzburg only had TWO Gestapo officers. That was all they needed apparently, because everyone was denouncing everyone else so all the two gestapo did was make arrests.

    Torquay, you’re making Nazi-era Wurzburg seem a pleasant place to live. Hang your heads in abject shame.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’ve written an article about this, now. Perhaps you’d like to resubmit this comment – or something similar – there?

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