The Conservative Party has decided the best way to stop homeless people from dying outside Parliament is to make them go away and die somewhere else.
Tory-run Westminster council is using an excuse that the streets have to be cleaned, so private belongings left there by homeless people will be removed, to force people away from the area.
The council is claiming, weakly, that the purge is not aimed at anybody in particular, but it seems certain this underhanded move has been motivated by the death of Gyula Remes in late December.
Signs have been put up on walls directly opposite tributes to Mr Remes, saying: “These walkways are cleaned on a daily basis. Private property must not be left unattended within the walkways. Any property or possessions that appear to be left unattended for any period of time and for whatever reason may be removed without any further notice and may be disposed of as litter or waste.”
In cold winter weather, possessions like blankets and sleeping bags are a lifeline for people who have been forced to sleep rough because of cruel Conservative policies.
The threat to remove these items under the pretext of cleaning the streets is a transparent attempt to move homeless people away, so MPs don’t have to see the human effect of their policies and don’t have to witness the deaths that are directly attributable to their decisions.
I would not be surprised if Conservative-run Westminster Council had been ordered to do this by their party leader, Theresa May.
The prime minister certainly put her foot in her mouth when discussing homelessness during Prime Minister’s Questions today (January 9).
Here’s Labour’s Rachael Maskell to set the scene:
I asked the Prime Minister what she would do differently to ensure that no homeless person dies in the light of the 11 tragic deaths in York last year.
— Rachael Maskell MP (@RachaelMaskell) January 9, 2019
Mrs May responded: ““Every death of someone while hopeless…erm, homeless or sleeping rough on our streets is one too many.”
If that’s her attitude, no wonder her cronies on Westminster Council are clearing these people off the streets.
And does she really mean every death is one too many, or that every death we are able to see is one too many?
For the answer to that, I think we only have to look at the Department for Work and Pensions, which hid the unexplained deaths of thousands of claimants from public sight until I was able to use Freedom of Information laws to bring the facts to light – after years of legal arguments.
It seems clear that Conservatives such as Mrs May are happy to take the decisions that kill off the vulnerable; they just don’t want to see it happening.
So they get their council friends to do the dirty work for them and then stutter about it in Parliament. Sickening.
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