Is James Brokenshire an imbecile, or does he think we are?
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government said the increase in homelessness since the Conservatives slithered into office in 2010 is not the result of government policy but is being driven by factors including the spread of psychoactive drugs such as spice, growth in non-UK nationals on the streets and family breakdown.
Personally, I would have said it was due to income changes that made it impossible for renters to pay their landlords or for homeowners to keep up with their mortgage repayments and I would have said this was the result of policies including, but not limited to:
The Tory Bedroom Tax.
The Tory Universal Credit.
The Tory freeze (late a one per cent limit) on annual public sector pay increases.
The Tory squeeze on wages that forced them to plummet during the first half of the current decade.
Tory support for landlords that means they can force people to pay huge rents for accommodation that is unfit for human habitation.
And the electorate knows this.
Look at the responses to his claim:
Nuffink to do wiv us, guvnor. Blame all da drug addicts and one parent families. Tories: they never accept responsibility.https://t.co/d4X3eZkmA8
— Buddy Hell (@buddy_hell) December 19, 2018
Close to the exit from Parliament which MPs use to go into Westminster tube station, tonight there are 6 people sleeping rough. It’s heart rending. And yet a government minister says the rise in homelessness is not result of government policies. Shameful. https://t.co/UPt73Q1vJ7
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) December 18, 2018
What's really depressing – and shameful – about this pathetic attempt to evade responsibility is that @JBrokenshire's own officials – some of whom will have worked on successful strategy to end rough sleeping in 2000s – will have told him it's untrue. https://t.co/iB3sA4Gmm6
— Jonathan Portes (@jdportes) December 18, 2018
TO BLAME FOR 169% INCREASE IN HOMELESSNESS SINCE 2010:
Mercury being in retrograde
NOT IN ANY WAY TO BLAME:
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) December 18, 2018
Oh, and the Tory plan to eliminate homelessness by 2027? It requires the death of anybody who is homeless.
Labour’s John Healey puts the real reasons for the rise in homelessness in a nutshell in the following clip:
We can end rough sleeping and it starts with getting every rough sleeper off the streets when the temperature drops. Today I spoke with @skynewsniall about our Labour plans to do just that pic.twitter.com/tx2dHd9KYW
— John Healey MP (@JohnHealey_MP) December 18, 2018
And Labour has a plan to help victims of Tory policies who end up sleeping rough:
No one should be rough sleeping, especially in the middle of winter.
And it's a disgrace that the number of people sleeping rough has risen every year under the Tories.
We need real action. Here's our plan:https://t.co/fv1knajb9q
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 18, 2018
“Oh, but we can’t support that, can we? It comes from that Jeremy Corbyn person and he’s a horrible Communist! All the newspapers and TV channels say it so it must be true, right?”
There’s a simple answer to the kind of person who says that – or anything similar to it.
Just point out that many of the people who are now sleeping rough were also persuaded to vote Conservative, in order to avoid the Labour policies that would have helped them avoid their current predicament.
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