Homeless man found frozen to death is an indictment against the Conservatives

These snow effigies of homeless people were created in 2018 to demonstrate that rough sleepers were freezing to death. That is happening because Conservatives in government are allowing it – indeed, encouraging it. [Image: @TrevorCoultMC on Twitter].

Nobody should be dying because of the cold in the fifth-richest country in the world.

But that is what has happened – yet again – under a Conservative government.

You may consider it tasteless to use the death of a homeless rough-sleeper against the government in an election period.

But the Tories have no excuse for it. This happens every year and there is no reason it should – other than that the Tory government has decided that it should.

Homelessness is a huge drain on public resources – as the authorities in Utah discovered, years ago.

They cost time and money to our medical and police services. Utah found that it was cheaper to house these people instead.

But the Tories insist on pushing them out, to die in the cold.

We are in the middle of a general election campaign.

We do have an opportunity to end these deaths.

But every vote for the Conservatives is a vote for someone to die – and everybody who does vote ‘Tory’ has blood on their hands.

Is that what you want?

The body of a homeless man was found tragically ‘frozen to death’ in Birmingham’s city centre on the coldest night of the year.

Police were called to a car park entrance in Station Road at 11.30pm Wednesday after a local drinking in the nearby boozer discovered the man.

It’s understood the body, found opposite the Victoria pub in John Bright Street, is that of a 30-year-old male of no fixed address.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Source: Tragedy of unknown homeless man found ‘frozen to death’ in city centre on coldest night of the year – Mirror Online

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11 thoughts on “Homeless man found frozen to death is an indictment against the Conservatives

  1. Simon lee Mountford

    Does this not sound so common, under this Conservative government with its Austerity program has caused so many people so many problems.
    Like benefits not being paid on time leading to no money for people causing even more poverty, to people loosing there accommodations then being made homeless.
    then we read about people turning to drugs to get through the day by feeling lost and know were to turn for help to block out the problems.
    And what the government is doing is like a form of ethnic cleansing to people who are at the bottom of pile.
    And the government are not interested in you if you suffer with Mental health issues or those with Disabilities or those just struggling with lives issues, they are closing beds all over the country and not helping those who just want a helping hand up.

  2. M E Swinchatt

    I’m not keen on Corbyn per se because of his open door policy, but I have decided to vote for him. This and other cruelties must end.

  3. Tony

    “You may consider it tasteless to use the death of a homeless rough-sleeper against the government in an election period.”

    Not as tasteless as allowing it to happen.

  4. John David Ingleson

    This morning I received a Notice of eviction for bedroom tax arrears from the charitable Sanctuary Housing Association for the 8th January 2020. Before my ex wife left, I received a letter from Sanctuary stating that they had no one bedroom houses to offer me but nevertheless they would allow me to continue to stay home alone in the same house.

    A year later the bedroom tax was introduced. When reporting on me being threatened with bedroom tax eviction in the local newspaper, Sanctuary had claimed they had offered me a one bed house – but stated that I had refused to cooperate with them, which was a total lie! I had told them that due to chronic anxiety, depression and stress because of my life-threatening health issues, both myself and my ex-wife wanted me to safely stay put in the same house.

    In a later Subject Access Request, I discovered that they had been able persuade the local news reporter to delay publication of my story in the local rag, time enough for Sanctuaries’ executives to get in a huddle to cook up this spin story. But it was an obvious lie on two counts 1) They didn’t have any one bed houses to offer 2) Tenants in arrears are prohibited form moving.

    I have no relatives left to call on, no sofas to surf, I am 65 and like so many, virtually friendless. I counted thirteen chronic illnesses that I have, some life-threatening. So you may soon be reading of me on here, as yet another (s)tory cruelty story!

    Please sign & share my petition. http://www.tinyurl.com/notobedtax

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I wonder if anybody from the housing association is likely to read this and put forward their side of the story? Also, I wonder if any independent person could verify the facts of the matter?

      1. John David Ingleson

        Mike I your understand your concern on the veracity of my remarks. Note, however, that I have been actively campaigning to stop the bedroom tax – the link is to a petition that I started some years ago. If you have any doubts I can scan original documents (eviction) and let you see the SAR I mentioned and forward emails to back up what I have told your readers. If you search the Salisbury Journal you may find at least one bedroom tax news article about my first eviction threat, the second article was never archived according to the Salisbury Journal but I think I may have a scan of it buried somewhere. Just look up Sanctuary’s email address to ask for comment on my case if you wish. I give my GDPR blessing.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        I’m not going to go out of my way to contact anybody or check up on you. I was just making it clear that the right of reply is open, should anybody wish to take it up. If I didn’t think you were providing facts, I wouldn’t have published your comment.

      3. John David Ingleson

        Sorry if I misunderstood you, Mike. The support I had from my MP and opposition candidate has now evaporated due to the election scramble, so I guess I was just grasping at straws for someone to take notice to investigate this further.

  5. trev

    I walked into town today and saw all the people begging throughout the town centre, a situation that I have never seen so bad in all my life. I briefly stopped to speak to one young man, though I’m not in a position to be able to give any money being on JSA myself, he looked about 19, certainly no more than 22 at the most, and he told me that he gets £113 per month in Universal Credit, I didn’t ask whether he is homeless or not but there’s no wonder he’s begging on the streets. I went into Sainsbury’s to get a bottle of milk and some cat food and was dazzled and beguiled by the plethora of niceties on sale at this time of year, loads of scrumptious things to tempt you IF you have any money, and Christmas tunes being played. It reminded me of what a wealthy nation this is to have all of this stuff, this mountain of consumer goodies on display and readily available at our disposal. Yet also what a divided country, where only those with sufficient disposable income can avail themselves of the bountiful produce available, whilst others sit on the pavement begging or have to restrict themselves to just the essentials. I thought to myself that it’s no wonder that some resort to shoplifting.

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