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John: his handwritten sign says he doesn’t abuse drugs or alcohol, but it seems most people don’t read it and simply lump him in with the ‘junkies’.

This is what happens when we elect a Tory government that likes to create false divisions between us.

A homeless man named John was in the middle of an interview with a reporter from the Liverpool Echo when a passerby casually threw coffee over him, drenching his belongings and the place where he was sitting.

It is symptomatic of the state of the UK today – a condition that the Conservatives have been trying to create since 2010.

So they have set the able-bodied against the disabled, the employed against the jobless – and the homeless, sparked Islamophobia and xenophobia (hatred of foreigners).

It is possible they even caused the rift between certain gullible Jews and the Labour Party.

John, 40, had done nothing wrong; he is a trained plasterer with 25 years’ experience. He became unable to work after losing part of a finger in an accident.

The loss of income gave his landlord an opportunity to evict him and his partner and he has spent the last seven months sleeping in a tent on the streets.

He told the reporter the incident was one of many he had experienced since he became homeless.

After the interview, the Echo understands a policeman arrived and moved John on. Yet more attention from the man who threw the coffee?

Thankfully, there is still a little good in this country:

John said a kind Scouser bought him a mobile phone over Christmas, which he uses to keep contact with his 10-year-old son.

A security guard at River Island, on Church Street, charges the phone for him and makes sure he has a cup of coffee to drink in the morning.

And there is advice about how to help people sleeping rough in the source article – see below.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the Tories have normalised unpleasantness and division. They have made it seem acceptable to assault other human beings on the street – for example by throwing coffee over them.

The perpetrators know that if they get a reaction, it is the homeless guy who’ll take the blame. They think they have a licence to abuse these people.

And so does every single person who votes ‘Conservative’.

Source: Homeless man who has cup of coffee thrown over him pleads ‘I just want off the streets’ – Liverpool Echo

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