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We can NO LONGER trust the political lackeys that are put up for election for the peasants to elect to ensure ONLY the ultra-rich gain from a corrupt world of vile greed . SHEEPLE NEED TO WAKEN UP TO THIS MADNESS AND GROSS INJUSTICE AND POVERTY. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR POVERTY ANYWHERE ON THIS PLANET ESPECIALLY CHILDREN.
LONDON ACTRESS FEEDS THE HOMELESS
A London actress has started up her own regular food deliveries to the homeless, claiming major charities turned down her offer of help.

Gabriela Hersham, 25, says she found none of the traditional soup kitchens needed her assistance so she started cooking at home in South Kensington for people living on the streets and now delivers meals to them weekly. "It was two nights before Christmas," she said. "I called all the soup kitchens run by Shelter and Centrepoint and the charities and they all said they had enough volunteers - some had closed their books by October. So I thought, 'I'm bloody well going to make the food myself and take it out on the street.'" She cooked up 10 batches of roast vegetables, baked potatoes and rice and put them in bags with Christmas cards. "I ended up going to Victoria on Christmas Eve and there were so many people, some in groups, some alone, of all ages and nationalities.

"I was a bit nervous at first. I had been warned that a lot of homeless people get offended. But each one was so touched, there was no way I was not going to do it again." Ms Hersham, star of a number of independent movies including last year's A Happy Ending, has now recruited a friend, shoe designer Deborah Lyons, and is making weekly runs of 20 meal parcels. She fears for the homeless in the current freezing temperatures, but is also worried for them this summer. "I fear that during the Olympics they are going to be cleaned off the streets because the eyes of the world are on London."

Ms Hersham, born in the capital, said she is greeted only with gratitude and has never once felt threatened. She urged other Londoners to follow her example. "It's very easy. We all cook in the kitchen for friends and family, why not just cook some extra vegetables or more rice and give it out? "People are afraid of interacting with the homeless, they feel they might get a bad reaction. We have such negative feelings towards them - we blame them for their situation."

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  • THIS CHRISTMAS BE GRATEFUL THAT YOU'RE NOT HOMELESS
    This article fails to fully grasp that mistakes by the political mafia have made homelessness much worse. In the UK ALL major parties have failed the homeless and none of them can be proud of their record that has seen every more of the population trying to survive without a roof over their head. A scandal and a lot to do with the vicious family court laws that see men lose their assets and homes en masse.

    This Friday, I will be getting up at the crack of dawn to start eight days of volunteering at a homeless shelter in Kings Cross, North London for the charity Crisis. My duties will include, amongst other things, manning the main gate, serving food, cleaning toilets and generally befriending and chatting to the guests, in order to try and give them both a happy, memorable Christmas and a safe, warm respite from their unenviable lives on the streets. Why am I telling you this? I’m not trying to brag, crow or, to coin that marvellous Jamaican vernacular term, big up my chest. I am by no means an anomaly. Far from it. Up and down the country, thousands of other people of all colours, classes and backgrounds will have also volunteered to man countless other homeless shelters - conclusive proof (if it were needed) that when it comes to charity, Brits are a pretty selfless and giving bunch, especially at Christmas. Britain is, by my reckoning at least, a nation of people with big hearts and deep pockets.

    So why do I do it, I hear you ask, when I could instead be lounging in front of the telly on Christmas Day watching the Bond film after the Queen’s speech or enjoying a tranquil post-prandial snooze on a belly replete with turkey and mince pies? Well, it’s actually very simple. For a start, homelessness is on the increase. There are currently an estimated 45,000 homeless people in the UK, with over 10,000 in London alone. I’ve volunteered every Christmas for the last five years, as homelessness is a cause close to my heart. As an ardent humanist, I fully subscribe to the tenet so beautifully articulated in the African-American proverb that 'Service is the rent we pay for living.'

    As a freelance writer and broadcaster, (i.e. someone with perennially parlous finances), I am acutely aware that I am only a couple of delayed pay cheques away from being unceremoniously evicted from my flat by the avaricious landlord and my entire worldly belongings (books and records, mainly) being dumped on the pavement. After a spot of couch surfing with friends, I imagine that the street would beckon with a menacing and unforgiving alacrity. Moreover, as a classicist, I am all too painfully aware of the mutability of the fickle goddess Fortune. One minute everything is great and things are peachy; the next, life unexpectedly throws you a curve ball and you’re down on your luck. No-one is immune from Fortune’s predatory, indiscriminate and essentially arbitrary clutches. The homeless man in Waterloo with the mottled face, the unkempt hair and the can of Tenants who, if we are honest, most of us go out of our way to avoid when he asks for change, could easily be me, or for that matter you, in a couple of months, let alone years, if Fortune doesn’t smile on us. Furthermore, given the current economic meltdown, who can really say with any degree of certainty that their job (and with it, their income and the roof over their heads) is secure?

    Plus, as someone with the blood of Africa coursing through their veins, I positively loathe and abhor the cold with a passion. Hence I feel a profound sympathy for anyone who has the misfortune to have to sleep rough in these freezing temperatures. Anyway, trying to ensure that others can enjoy, if only for eight days, what we all normally take for granted 365 days of the year - like warm clothes, a hot meal in a safe environment and some affable companionship - just seems like the right, normal and obvious thing to do. No medals for uncommon valour or extraordinary heroism required. But one of the things which does increasingly irk me about volunteering is that over the years I’m constantly being mistaken for a tofu-munching, liberal do-gooder. I mean, do I seriously look like a sandal-wearing, vegetarian, Guardian-reader to you?

    There seems to be this exceedingly prevalent (yet wholly erroneous) notion in the popular consciousness that only left-wingers have active social consciences and do stuff for charity. Hence my gripe. I’m fed up with people assuming my politics are of a certain shade. Not only that. If I’m honest, I’m tired of left-wingers having the monopoly in the public consciousness of being seen to do charitable things with their time, and thus by extension, being perceived as the only ones who are nice, good and fundamentally decent people. It’s not that I worry per se about what other people think (I don’t). But to modify that great line from King Lear, sadly, perception, not ripeness, is all. At this time of year, it’s important to stress that right wing types aren’t all callous, heartless sociopaths with devil’s horns, red capes and demonic grins, utterly devoid of pity for the plight of their fellow man. To be sure, some are.

    Call me naive, but I like to think that the majority of socially conservative British men and women possess a fully functioning moral compass, genuine integrity and hearts full of compassion for the less fortunate - a compassion which readily translates into either regular financial donations to charity or into giving of their time to worthy causes. One can be both right wing and a humanist committed to helping others. The two are, thankfully, not mutually exclusive. We urgently need to disabuse people of the fatuous notion that it is only left-leaning, Guardian-reading types who do things like volunteering. Of course, many good folk on the left do a lot of excellent work for charity, but equally many like to get irate about social injustice and make lots of noise, but then rarely bother to get their hands dirty. Instead they leave that to other people, which is more than a bit patronizing and morally flabby. Over the years, I’ve noticed, by a cursory glance at the reading material of choice of my fellow volunteers, that the backbone of the volunteer army - the really dependable “rain or shine” stalwarts who give up huge swathes of their time (and often money) to give something back - is actually made up of men and women of a socially conservative bent. But should this really come as that much of a surprise? I think not. We only need to look back through history to see that there is a strong branch of the Tory right which has philanthropy, social justice and humanistic values of charity and giving enshrined in its core.

    The right is, on closer inspection, mercifully populated with people who are keen to do their civic duty and, in that much quoted but laudable phrase, be 'part of the solution, not part of the problem.' They are not exclusively, as the left would readily have us believe, a bunch of misanthropic, rapacious, social pariahs who carry oranges under their noses so as not to be able to smell the poor, concerned only for their own worldly advancement and materialistic gain. Now of course, in terms of the bigger picture, it clearly doesn’t matter a fig which side of the political spectrum one is on, so long as you make the effort to volunteer or to give something back to society, and in so doing help others who are less fortunate. The only thing that really matters in life is that you do some tangible good to ameliorate our world and the lot of the people living in it, thereby subscribing to the Stoic and humanist notion of the brotherhood of man. So this Christmas, don’t believe the hype! Allow your perceptions of what constitutes a 'do-gooder' to be challenged and broadened and let us desist from this facile and reductive pigeon-holing when it comes to those who try and make a positive difference. Those on the right are not all selfish, heartless, 'every man for himself' individuals. Many will be out volunteering this Christmas – proof that those of a socially conservative disposition can, and actively do believe in giving back and helping others.

    Whatever your political persuasion, have a very merry Christmas. Be safe, be joyful, be loving and above all, be thankful that you are not homeless. To find out more about volunteering your time or to make a donation to the homeless charity Crisis, visit www.crisis.org.uk or call freephone 08000 199 099

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  • SO MANY UK HOMELESS ARE WORKING , PAYING TAX YET SLEEPING ON THE STREET
    Capitalism, the property racket and mortgage scams have been corrupted by masonic bankers, judges and lawyers and the main cause of outrageous property prices, rents and the disgusting situation were men, thanks to freemasons controlling the divorce courts, are being kicked out onto the streets en masse . Despite what this compliant media article suggests the VAST BULK of homelessness is confined to men and that can be corroborated from our own long term ongoing studies of homelessness in cities across the UK.

    We as a group speak to more homeless men than all these other charitable status groups put together. How do we know? Most of the men tell us constantly they get little or NO help from those who claim they are acting on behalf of the homeless, which they are not, and while asking for donations that pay for the chief executive's luxury car and home. The Charities Commission also rubber stamp the vast corruption connected with charities. Despite endless requests for information on how they operate it is virtually impossible to find stats that show the EXACT amount that goes to help the homeless rather than on their overheads and administration. People who do charitable work should do it on a voluntary basis not for salaries and why so many charities claiming that status are corrupt.


    Peter was sleeping on the steps of the Lyceum Theatre one night when a man started yelling at him.

    "People swore at me a lot: 'Lazy b***ard! Get a job!'" he recalls. "But he was saying I should be locked up. I ended up throwing my wage slips at him." For Peter - who was homeless for two years - was working in maintenance while also sleeping rough. "You'd be surprised how many of the homeless are actually working - we are paying tax and sleeping on the street." The 57-year-old is friendly but shy, his eyes darting around nervously while we talk. He is candid about how he ended up homeless - "I got made redundant. Then I lost my money gambling, and lost the trust of my wife."

    We meet one evening at Shelter from the Storm's refuge, just off Caledonian Road, where he has been staying for a month. He is one of 36 guests - 18 men and 18 women - being housed in the converted warehouse, tucked away in an industrial estate. There, an army of volunteers serve breakfast and supper and offer help with the guests' problems, from the legal to the emotional. Shelter from the Storm is the only London charity offering free accommodation to the homeless all year round. It was founded five years ago in the crypt of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Islington by Sheila Scott, an artist and mother-of-five, and Louie Salvoni, who owns a coffee- machine servicing business. The charity is funded purely through donations, helping to keep its costs down with contributions from businesses - the guests tuck into bread from Gail's Bakery and mince pies given by Prestat, the Queen's chocolatier.

    Salvoni has said it was anger "that this is still going on and getting worse" that motivated him to launch the charity. Over a mug of tea, Scott tells me her reasons: "It struck me as pretty bizarre that we live in a very privileged area and yet I'm stepping over the most underprivileged people in society. And it could be anyone - your auntie, your uncle, your niece, your nephew - yet they just become a statistic on the street." The centre attracts guests of all ages. While we chat, two teenage boys are banging tunelessly on the piano, two twentysomethings surf the internet and a couple of older women are chatting.

    A growing number of the female guests have fled violence. "We can see that the [Coalition's] cuts are affecting women more, with domestic violence and rape centres closing," says Scott. "We've seen more trafficked women, sex workers and victims of domestic violence." A large number of ex-servicemen also come through their doors. "There is a massive drinking culture in the Army and these people find themselves suddenly unemployed at 35 or 40. Sometimes they also have post-traumatic stress." Some of the young guests have been thrown out of home - Scott tells me about one young woman who had cared for her sick mother for years but was then kicked out of the house for admitting she was a lesbian. Another guest, a 20-year-old father-of-two with a cheeky smile, ended up sleeping rough when his mother found a new boyfriend with whom he didn't get on.

    "I lived with my gran, uncle and friends for a while but ended up on the streets. I want to work and be a good role model to my kids but it is hard to get a job when I don't have enough references and skills." Scott emphasises that there is no attempt to draw a distinction between the "deserving" and the "undeserving": they are willing to accept anyone they can help. How, then, do they decide who is offered a bed? "It is pure taxi rank: we take from hospitals, the police, the Red Cross, Kids Company. If a bed is free, and they don't need more support than we can manage, they are welcomed." Salvoni, Scott and their volunteers (a team of 200) have worked hard to make the warehouse cosy, with comfortable sofas and beds, while the kitchen is open plan. The sign on the door reads "Beware: kittens", a reference to the two cats - Bobby and Dylan - who also call it home.

    Scott wants the shelter to encourage "transition": helping the homeless move from the streets back into the workforce and society. As such, she and Salvoni have set up a partnership with Pret A Manger: "It is a proper job - they are trained to work in Pret's shops and paid a proper wage. It's not a lot of money but it is what everyone gets."

    For Peter, the benefits of Shelter from the Storm are enormous: "You are tired on the street - you can't focus very well, and most of your focus is on anger or frustration. If I get a decent night's rest and I can walk around, I haven't got baggage …" he pauses. "It is a pity there aren't more places like this." Later, I ask a woman who looks as though she is in her late thirties if she would like to share her story. She is smartly dressed in a well-cut black jacket but when she replies I realise she is flustered. She declines politely - "it's been quite a day" - but later feels compelled to come over: "I just want to say how amazing the centre is," she says. "They make you feel like part of the family - they don't make you feel like you are being helped." The merrill lynch banker who wants to give something back and a father appealing against extradition

    The volunteer

    Leigh Adams, an equities trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has volunteered at Shelter from the Storm for just over two months. The 27-year-old, a lifelong Londoner, lives in Hampstead and is single. "With homelessness, you have nothing - you can't get the opportunities to get yourself out of where you are," Adams says. "Some people's view of the homeless is that they are just alcoholics or drug addicts - and it's not that at all. I meet some people here who are extremely well-educated: last week I met a woman with a degree and a masters but she had lost her job in the recession and couldn't pay her rent. There are people from all walks of life and they want to work: they're not bums. People also think they have done it to themselves - that's not true, many have suffered such hard upbringings."

    Adams started volunteering to "give something back" but has found that he loves spending time at the centre, especially hearing the stories of its guests. "I've been given every opportunity by my parents: private education, nice holidays, the clothes on my back. It can easily go unappreciated but, coming here, you get a different perspective on life. I work in a place where it is all about money: I could walk around my trading floor and probably generate a lot of funds but that's not the point. I want to give my time, get a bit more involved. It's good for the soul."

    The guest

    Vijay Jagun slept rough for nine months before coming to stay at the centre in December last year. The 51-year-old moved to the UK in 2001 from Mauritius, where he was a civil servant, after his marriage broke down. He worked as an NHS care assistant for five years. Jagun, who has two sons, now volunteers at a migrant resource centre and writes a blog about life on the streets. "I came here as a student but the school was a scam," Jagun says. "So I found a job: I have always worked - I want to contribute. Now my case is at the Home Office [Jagun has applied for leave to remain], so I am not allowed to work. When I first applied to stay in 2007, the solicitor handling my case offered me a place to live in return for doing handiwork but it was almost slave labour - I was paid just £40 a week for working 14-hour days." Jagun says his solicitor's property was raided by police in January 2010. "That is when I found out my application had been rejected - he hadn't told me. I ended up in custody for 13 days, then on the streets. I slept in a subway in Victoria, on the bus, in a graveyard even - Abney Park in Stoke Newington."

    Jagun is currently appealing the decision to return him to Mauritius and says Shelter for the Storm has been a godsend. "The staff do emotional wellbeing as well as physical. I think this is the model of the Big Society - not imposed by policy-makers, just people doing it themselves."

    To donate to Shelter from the Storm, go to sfts.org.uk/donations. The charity is also looking for businesses offering employment opportunities; email mail@sfts.org.uk or call 020 7697 9569.

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  • SCUMBAG UK COPS SUSPENDED FOR STEALING FROM THE HOMELESS
    A police force has launched an investigation into its own officers after claims that they took cash from street beggars.

    Four West Midlands Police officers were suspended and sent home on December 1 after suspicious colleagues raised concerns about their conduct. The force's Professional Standards Unit was then called in to investigate claims that money was stolen from beggars, believed to be Eastern European, in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham. The allegations involve the mishandling of property taken from members of the public 'that could amount to theft'.

    Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson voluntarily referred the matter to police watchdogs, the Independent Police Complaints Commission. It will now examine the matter to see whether it needs to be involved in the investigation. 'We are also working closely with communities to endeavour that any of their concerns are resolved as soon as possible,' he said. A West Midlands Police spokeswoman would not comment on the beggar claims. She said: 'The allegations involve mishandling of property taken from members of the public that could amount to theft. 'The enquiry came to light when some members of the team highlighted concerning practices.' Street begging and rogue traders are known to operate in the area. Some Eastern Europeans offer passing motorists car-washing services but because the work is illegal, the practice is classed as begging.

    West Midlands Police launched a crackdown on rogue traders and aggressive begging in the city centre in the first week of August, following persistent complaints. During the city centre operation, 17 people were arrested and charged with begging-related offences. Officers involved in the crackdown later donated £120 to homeless charity the Big Issue. The gesture was made after cops said legitimate sellers of the magazine had told officers that aggressive beggars were having a negative impact on the public's perception of homeless people.

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  • HOMELESSNESS SKYROCKETS UNDER VILE TORY CUTS ON THE POOR
    A triple crunch of recession, cuts and the high cost of living has seen an "alarming" jump in the number of homeless people recorded by the government, warn charities.

    According to an analysis by Homeless Link, the umbrella body for more than 500 charities, the number of households accepted as homeless by councils in England has increased by 13% to 35,680 in the first nine months of the year, compared with the same period in 2010. The coalition is not only presiding over a dramatic rise in the number of homeless people but is also overseeing a rise in the use of B&Bs to house them. Up to September, the country saw numbers of people placed in such accommodation rising by 30% to 9,240 compared with the same period last year.

    Charities say the poor economic climate and the slow whittling away of benefits is contributing to homelessness – especially at a time when rents are rising. Jacqui McCluskey, director of policy for Homeless Link, said: "As a result of the recession, cuts and the high cost of living, the number of homeless people continues to rise. Especially alarming is the jump in number of people becoming homeless because they have had to leave their privately rented homes. We are concerned that this trend will accelerate as the government's changes to housing benefit bite." "Becoming homeless shouldn't be inevitable if you lose your job, can't afford your rent or fall into difficulty. Urgent action is needed to keep more people in their homes." Labour pointed out that polling by the homeless charity Crisis "shows that a quarter of people are concerned about losing their homes or being forced to move out because of Britain's current economic problems".

    Jack Dromey, the shadow housing minister, said: "There has been a 6% rise this quarter on last year, which shows this is part of a sustained trend with homelessness rising three quarters in a row. This is yet more evidence that the government's housing policies are out of touch with what is really happening to people." The housing minister, Grant Shapps, emphasised that "statutory homelessness remains lower than in 28 of the last 30 years" and anyone facing the threat of losing the roof over their head this Christmas should act immediately. "It's easy to feel alone in the face of financial difficulty but there is help available. Every council has a legal duty to ensure that eligible homeless households are not 'roofless', and can provide reams of free advice and information to prevent homelessness in the first place."

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  • YES WE BRITISH HATE OUR POOR AND THAT'S NOT SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF
    WE CHALLENGE THE VILE DAILY MAIL REGULARLY ABOUT THEIR ATTACKS ON THE POOREST SECTION OF BRITISH SOCIETY . WE ALSO REGULARLY EXPOSE THE TAX DODGING SCUMBAG HARMSWORTH THEIR OWNER WHO BACKS THE TORY TOFF ETON PUBLIC SCHOOLBOYS LIKE CAMERON, OSBORNE AND IAN DUNCAN SMITH NOW PLUNDERING THE POOR FOR THEIR RICH BACKERS LIKE NON DOMICILED HARMSWORTH HIMSELF. HE LIKE THE MURDOCH MAFIA IS A RIGHT WING FASCIST LIVING IN FRANCE PAYING FECK ALL TAX BUT ALLOWED TO SPOUT HIS VENOM IN A BRITISH ESTABLISHMENT RAG.

    THIS IS A RARE OCCASION WHEN THEY WRITE SOMETHING OF WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE POOR IN THE CLASS RIDDEN UK. THEY ALSO USE THE EXACT PHRASE WE HAVE CONTINUALLY ATTACKED THEM FOR "A PATHOLOGICAL HATRED OF THE POOR" AND HOW HARMSWORTH USES HIS DODGY JOURNO'S TO WRITE ABOUT THE MOST VULNERABLE SECTIONS OF BRITISH SOCIETY. SO WE MUST BE GETTING THROUGH TO THIS VILE ULTRA RICH DM BASTARD.


    They say you can tell a nation by the way it treats its elderly (and we‘ve all seen how that one worked out, thank you). Well, I would like to propose a further addendum to the taking of our country’s humanity temperature in these austere times: I believe that the pulse of a nation, including its capacity for compassion, is never more evident than in how it treats its poor. Or, as legendary US advice columnist, Abigail Van Buren - ‘Dear Abby’ - eloquently phrases it: 'The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good, and how he treats people who can't fight back.'

    Leaving aside the outdated gender bias of her quote, it’s an important point. And, based on the available evidence, the index of our national character is left wanting in matters of prejudice and discrimination against the poor. The evidence before our eyes tells us that and now, The National Centre for Social Research's 28th annual British Social Attitudes report, confirms it. The results, for the more sensitive among us, may be hard to stomach.

    It depicts a clear divide between ‘the haves and the have nots’. A class hatred that serves to further isolate people who are already dispossessed from the land they call their home. Cold? Let’s not fool ourselves. A class war is waging around us and it is merciless and thorough in its destruction. And the evidence of fatalities - such as people dying through lack of food and warmth - is clear for all to see.

    We all suffer extortionate property and rental prices, obscene energy and fuel charges and outrageous financial and banking interest

    It’s at this point that some may say ‘Well David Cameron has done his job, then” and, as certain as I am that the incumbent at Downing Street, holds deplorable attitudes towards the poor, it benefits no-one to rest the blame squarely at his class-conscious doors. For the reality is, that while we are certainly witnessing an outright attack on the poor and vulnerable of our country, it is nothing new. If anything, it smacks of middle ages Feudalism and the property laws implemented to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Fair to say, we have continued pretty much in that vein ever since.

    England, it has to be said, is doggedly tied to it’s class structure, although it has extended somewhat over the past century. Where once we had three main classes: working, middle and upper class. Now we have an underclass and an upper, upper class. And the disparity has never been sharper or more breath-taking in its extreme. It is these divisive structures, captured in the British Social Attitudes report, which holds that poor and unemployed people are ‘lazy’ and the architects of their own impoverished misfortune.

    Quite aside from the clear disparities in our society - where a man who kicks a football is a multi-millionaire while a woman who takes care of the dying can barely make ends meet - we seriously need to look at why we appear to loath and despise those at the bottom end of the social and financial scale. Let me give you an insight as to why this issue matters to me. I was raised in an impoverished environment. My mother, Elizabeth, met my father, Donald, after her husband, Bernard Senior, died of Cancer leaving her to cope with three young children.

    Alas, romantic happiness was to allude my mother and, despite marrying my father and giving birth to me, he left when I was three years old and never returned. So it was that my childhood existence included free school meals and threadbare clothes. Even then I was aware that neighbours in our village acted in a superior manner to my family. It was as if our poverty made us ‘non-people’. During my primary school years I was bullied and excluded by the other girls and, despite it being a small school of only 50 or so pupils, I was not invited to even one birthday party.

    I despised what being poor meant - and not just the way other people treated us - but the lack of power and yet, conversely, abundance of insecurity it brings with it. So it was that I began working - two jobs - at 13 and haven’t stopped ever since. Not even pausing to give birth where I had a deadline the day before our daughter arrived and a day after. I met both. Some may say that such an upbringing has given me a chip on my shoulder, and they may be right, but it has also enabled me to see, even without an attitude study, what an increasingly callous and compassionate-less society we have become.

    And, while we have a troubled history, we also have an abhorrent present. Our country, undeniably, is being led by a consortium of people who treat those in reduced circumstances as if they are a type of sub-species. You only have to look at the way that David Cameron’s coalition - and all the foot soldiers working for it - actively demonise the poor. To be clear, I am under no illusion that the things they say, and the ways they say it, amounts to ‘hate speech’. Take Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith’s recent offering that there should be no rise of benefits because too many recipients would only spend it on alcohol or gambling.

    That’s a disgusting slur. Not to mention ill-informed and inciteful. Someone should wash his mouth out with a bar of soap. I'll happily step up for that. But then, in matters of demonisation of the poor, the Tories run a master class in it. It is in their DNA. They think nothing of bandying around such heinous, undermining descriptions of other human beings including 'scroungers’, ‘feckless’, 'feral' and 'spongers'. The list is seemingly endless and Dave and his gang never seem to tire of pulling them out and using them as weaponry against the more vulnerable.

    To those who know better it's Government propaganda designed to divide and conquer but to those more deeply asleep it's our Honourable Members taking charge and dealing with those ne'er do wells who bring the rest of us down. I despise what our MP's are able to say about the people of this country - those who allowed them into power - and can get away with. I have no idea why we let them. We shouldn't. It reflects badly on us all. We have allowed a type of cattle branding to take place where those who are marginally better off than others have been encouraged to take part in the ritualistic kicking of those on their uppers.

    Let's be clear if, if there's any finger pointing to take place for the savage cuts we beleagured tax payers are having to endure, it falls massively, and unquestionably, with those who are tasked with the running of our country. Successive governments who put business before people and have failed to rein in the excessive demands raining down on us. Extortionate property and rental prices, obscene energy and fuel charges and outrageous financial and banking interest. The state needs to be held accountable for conducting 'anti-Robin Hood' behaviour which takes from the poor to fund the extravagance of the rich and thanks us all by portraying the less well-off as worthless miscreants and the wealthy as arbiters of morality.

    There have been times over the past few months - and with each vile, slanderous slur to escape from a Tory mouth - that I have been downright ashamed to call myself British. Let's look, shall we, at who this coalition have targeted for over one billion worth of cuts. Might it be the bankers? They who took incalcuable risks, lost fortunes, bailed out by us and still collected bonuses at the end of it. No, don’t be silly it's not them. What about corporate CEO’s? Those who have the type of pay that resembles more an international phone number than a salary? Not a bit of it.

    Despite David Cameron's lamentable 'We're all in this together' mantra, we all know we're not because when the Tories look to make cuts they target, as ever, the poorest and most vulnerable. And it isn't just because of an apparent pathological hatred of the poor, either, his Coalition understand nothing about the rudiments of poverty. How can they? There are at least a dozen millionaires pontificating from the privileged view of the front benches. This lack of true understanding and empathy manifests in the Tories treating the impoverished as nonentities and worthy of public humiliation and derision. As evidenced by Duncan Smith's recent verbal ugliness.

    But let's not keep shrieking about the unemployed without being realistic about the job market, too. As figures stand, there are over two million unemployed, a further million on incapacity benefit. So, just to further re-inforce that the Conservatives are 'the nasty party' they target cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy and tell them they will need further tests to ascertain how ill they really are and whether they aren't just being work shirkers. And there was I thinking that having Cancer would be enough for any one human to cope with, silly me.

    Really, though. I have to say this: Heaven, Hell and all points in between. This, with no doubt at all, is a level of despicability previously unknown. Forget little facts like lack of jobs and that the Coalition have systematically failed to create jobs. The truth is irrelevant when there's a good opportunity for poor bashing on the agenda. Let's stop sanctioning this hatred among our own and let's make our elected representatives do what they are paid to do. Make it a healthier and more balanced economy with a substantial re-distribution of wealth.

    And rather than continuing to hate on our poor we need to recognise the talents and skills that financial adversity brings people: resourcefulness, ingenuity, creativity. My brothers and sisters and I, having known poverty, have all these attributes. That’s what digging deep, rather than relying on material conditions, brings to the human character. Perhaps when we are able to recognise each other with simple respect - regardless of whether we have a trust fund or not - we will realise that we all have a part to play in contributing to our nation's financial, emotional and psychological wealth. Now that would be a society to make us all proud.

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