What does James Brokenshire have to say about the homeless man who died outside Parliament?

Jamie Leigh, a homeless friend of the man who died, next to a makeshift memorial to him.

While Tories tried to accuse Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of saying something he didn’t in Parliament, a drama of a different kind was unfolding just a few metres outside the building – where a homeless man died on the street.

The man, believed to be a 45-year-old Hungarian named Gyula Remef, was said to have taken the street drug Spice, and was also said to have been drinking.

At first sight, this supports the claims of Housing Secretary James Brokenshire, who has said the rise in rough sleeping was due to an increase in the number of non-UK nationals on the streets and the spread of psychoactive drugs like Spice, along with factors including family breakup.

But what put this man on the streets? He clearly didn’t come to the UK intending to die on the ground outside Parliament, so why did it happen? Mr Brokenshire’s comment fails to address the principle contributing factor.

And it is clear that, if he took Spice, he took it after he had become homeless; we have no evidence to show it contributed toward making him a rough sleeper.

But this is a man who had a job – he was working as a kitchen assistant at Charing Cross Station but was still unable to afford a home.

Doesn’t that suggest that he was a victim of the Tory wage squeeze that has been going on since 2010?

Doesn’t it also suggest that support for landlords, who overcharge for dwellings that are unfit for human habitation, is wrong-headed?

So what are the real reasons this man died on the street outside Parliament, so far from his homeland and (allegedly) inebriated on drugs?

What is Mr Brokenshire hiding with his supercilious claims?

The contrast between the drama outside Parliament and the farce within has been hammered home by comments on the social media:

The consensus is that the Conservative government – including Mr Brokenshire, due to the nature of his remarks – is insulated from reality and has no sense of proportion due to the fact that it is full of people who are… well… stupid:


Worst of all is the fact that the death of this man won’t even make a difference:


Has Mr Brokenshire bothered to ask any questions about this, at all? Has he considered examining the circumstances that brought this man to an untimely end outside the Mother of all Parliaments? Has he checked whether the death corroborates his claims or disproves them?

No chance!

He’ll just say, “Immigrant – check. Drugs – check. Proves I’m right.”


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  1. Jeffrey Davies December 20, 2018 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Sieg heil another one bites the dust aktion t4 rolling along without much of a ado. Right under their noses nothing to do with us only following orders never mind they say a useless eater of their crumbs how quaint hay life hasn’t any meaningful uses to these greedie ones

  2. Govt Newspeak December 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Excellent point, but then like Amber Rudd, he’d probably say he was moving closer to the south coast to take drugs and party https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/amber-rudd-dwp-work-and-pensions-benefits-hastings-drink-drugs-friends-a8640841.html

  3. Barry Davies December 21, 2018 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Living in London is to expensive for most, a kitchen assistant working for a private camp any anywhere is unlikely to be able to afford anywhere even close to it.

  4. nmac064 December 21, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    The heartless, vindictive and cruel policies of this evil and thoroughly dishonest Tory government must be stopped. The stupid woman May and all her nasty cohorts need to be ousted ASAP.

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