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What about OUR homeless people?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Mullam, Dec 4, 2015.

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  1. Mullam

    Mullam Occasional commenter

  2. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    No. And neither do our war veterans.

  3. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

  4. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

  5. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

  6. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

  7. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    War veteran David Wood went on hunger strike to bring attention to the appalling neglect of veterans by the state.

    David Wood, who works for charity UK Homes4Heroes, plans to camp at the site in Bournemouth until the local council meets what he regards as its "duty" to prioritise housing for former servicemen and women living on the streets.

    His protest highlights a growing number of British veterans who have risked their lives in a series of wars in recent decades, but who face the prospect of homelessness soon after they return to the UK.

    Mr Wood said the charity had helped re-house 14 veterans since it started working in Dorset last year and he knew of at least seven more living on the streets.

    The veteran says local authorities are failing to uphold the government's Armed Forces Covenant, an act enshrined in law that recognises the nation has a moral duty to take care of former servicemen to compensate for the risks they face and sacrifices they make in times of conflict.

    UK Homes4Heroes is said to be struggling to meet the costs of rehousing and supporting its clients and Mr Wood has now vowed to make a stand for the vulnerable veterans still without a property.



    Why are they not housing 15 homeless veterans on the Isle of Bute instead of 15 non-homeless Syrian families? When you think of it, more than 15 veterans could be housed there because they are single men, not part of a family. The Syrians are not homeless as they have come from camps. But the veterans are homeless as they're living on the streets. Not only that, but the veterans have come from a war zone, not fled from one but have actually stayed and fought in the middle of a war zone and have risked their lives to defend this country.
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  8. Mullam

    Mullam Occasional commenter

    And all for an illegal war that politicians wanted, but the people didn't! It's like a final kick in the teeth to the soldiers: get them named, give them nothing yet go out of their way to support migrants from the very countries their enemies hailed from.
    What about our people?
  9. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    Our people do not matter. This has been the case for a long time. There has been no government in this country for more than a decade who has cared about their own people. They care more about fit Syrian men who the vast majority haven't stayed to defend their own country but fled abroad leaving their wives, mothers and children back in the war zone to survive or not survive on their own.
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  10. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    This veteran was found sleeping rough in a graveyard with his daughter !

    “People have got to realise that politicians in power – be it David Cameron or Alex Salmond – are great with words, but their promises are empty.

    “They talk about pride in our armed forces, and of the sacrifices they make, but when it comes to looking after them in civilian life, they are very low priority.

    “The public might think that a soldier coming back after serving in a warzone might be a housing priority, but not a bit of it, even with children.

    “I realised in the summer just how bad the problem was. I was on one of the ghost tours in Edinburgh, with a group near a famous crypt in Greyfriar’s Kirkyard when I spotted a head looking out at us from a tomb nearby.

    “I thought I recognised him and went over, and it was an old soldier sleeping rough, but the worst of it was he had a 12-year-old daughter with him.

    “I asked what the hell he was doing and he explained that the housing people had only offered him a flat in an area populated with junkies and thugs and he didn’t feel his daughter would be safe there. He felt she was safer under the sky in a graveyard.

    “I started looking into the problem and found a triple amputee who had been offered a third-floor flat in a block with no lift. If he’d ever made it in, he’d have been a prisoner and never got out.

    “The trouble is, you turn down the first offer and the local authorities say they’ve discharged their responsibility and can wash their hands of you.

    “There are lots of great organisations like Help for Heroes who work with ex-soldiers and do positive things, but there’s no one building them homes.

    “There are four million ex-soldiers in the UK, 400,000 of them in Scotland. We estimate that about 10,000 are homeless, and the situation is going to get worse with the Army cuts to come next year.

    “The Ministry of Defence owns millions of acres. I intend to ask them to gift parcels of land all over the country, and to raise the money to start building affordable houses for soldiers.

    “It’s something the Government should be doing. Apart from housing soldiers, it will stimulate the building industry and help the economy.”

  11. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    But of course none of these good ideas will not be put into operation simply because our homeless people and veterans do not matter. They are the lowest possible priority.
  12. Mullam

    Mullam Occasional commenter

    It is becoming yet clearer that migrants are the only priority, to the detriment everyone else. I wonder who paid the taxes to make this political move possible.
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  13. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Ain't it a shame we don't have a national party with more than a single brain cell between them to represent our people, nor activists who have been able to hold down a username on this forum for much longer than a week.

    I miss the drenched giggler. Whatever became of him?
  14. Mullam

    Mullam Occasional commenter

    Yes, such a shame that the truth must be surpressed, but as you have pointed out, it will never be silenced. A rose by any other name, and all that.
  15. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    And who continue and will be forced to continue to pay for it in the future.
  16. Mullam

    Mullam Occasional commenter

    And hasn't George Osborne hinted that there will be no referendum in 2017 because 'the time isn't right' so this will never end.
    Oh, and are the refugees going to have to sit those ridiculously difficult Citizenship tests, just like other immigrants who have come over with their husbands or wives, the spouses having to prove they earn over 20,000 quid? Or will we just maintain our wonderful British double-standards and waive all that nonsense for refugees and the masses of economic migrants coming in on trucks through Calais? Just wondered...
  17. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter


    We worry that migrants are not what they seem.
  18. ulambasalu

    ulambasalu Occasional commenter

    20,000 Syrians about to be housed, 200,000 UK homeless.

  19. Cantandmorecant

    Cantandmorecant Lead commenter

    Speaking of which, the Telegraph has reported that one of the Paris terrorists had links to Birmingham. Counter terrorism officials have rounded up a number of people in Birmingham with links to the terrorists. One, Rabah Tahari left Birmingham to fight with ISIS in Syria. His English wife was arrested after being found sending him items which included walkie talkies, boots and the most important thing of all, his housing benefit. Nothing like getting your priorities straight, is there?
  20. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    How many accounts can one person keep going?

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