Homelessness: only three missed pay cheques from the kerb

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Homelessness: only three missed pay cheques from the kerb.

Homelessness: only three missed pay cheques from the kerb

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LEFT & WRITE

A look at the state of homelessness in modern Britain: the causes, effects, and what can be done.

by Daniel Cousins

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Homelessness: only three missed pay cheques from the kerb.

On average, homeless men and women die at 47 and 43.

A lot of you will have already passed this milestone; and if you’re younger I bet you’ve got plans for an active and lively middle age nonetheless. Longterm plans don’t hold much water on the street — it’s difficult enough to survive day-to-day and hand-to-mouth.

The estimates for how many people find themselves homeless are striking. In the last year 280,000 people approached their local council for some kind of homeless assistance; of these, around 112,000 made a formal application to get statutory ‘homeless’status, whilst 7,500 people were recorded as sleeping rough at some point during the year. That was twice as many as in 2009. The problem…

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THE SCARY WARNINGS OF THE 21ST CENTURY MODERNISER – Part One #LabourLeadership

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THE SCARY WARNINGS OF THE 21ST CENTURY MODERNISER – Part One #LabourLeadership.

THE SCARY WARNINGS OF THE 21ST CENTURY MODERNISER – Part One #LabourLeadership

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johndwmacdonald

This is the best argued case countering the arguments of the Labour establishment which seek to nullify the tremendous and extraordinary movement which has developed in the Labour Party and surrounds over the last several weeks. An academic and Labour Councillor in Dundee, the author has good reasion to reflect and does so with extremely astute reasoning and thoroughly referenced to boot! Whather or not you approve of the Jeremy Corbyn phenomenum, I recommend, either way, you read this and pay attention to its references. We need to take this issue beyond the rather shallow abreactions of political cut and thrust and assumed positionings and give serious consideration to the points at stake. I consider Lesley Brennan to be the most successful person to date in providing just that required level of analysis. See what you think yourselves… johndwmacdonald 

THE SCARY WARNINGS OF THE 21ST. CENTURY MODERNISER – Part One

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Better Politics – Different Politics – Corbyn Politics

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Better Politics – Different Politics – Corbyn Politics.

Better Politics – Different Politics – Corbyn Politics

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Modern politics are stale politics, and have become meaningless to so many. The number of people engaging in voting has been in decline since 1945. Working class voters  are detached from the political process, their voices unheard as politicians  became middle-class, Oxbridge PPE educated.

Heath-fig-1Working Class MPs in Britain (%), 1964-2010 

(The rise of Middle class in politics)

So Westminster has become more and more remote, and politicians further from identifying with the needs of ordinary people. The People’s Parliament is supposed to be the mouthpiece of people. Politicians are elected to serve people and speak for people. These days governments seem to be about controlling people. Politics is Upside-Down. Rather than people making decisions we are being told what to do. Or what we can’t do.

We are told we cannot afford compassion, we cannot ensure our social security, we cannot afford health and education, and decent…

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THE DESCENT INTO DARKNESS ENDS, TIME FOR RE-EMERGENCE (SATURN TURNS DIRECT IN SCORPIO)

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THE DESCENT INTO DARKNESS ENDS, TIME FOR RE-EMERGENCE (SATURN TURNS DIRECT IN SCORPIO).

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