Crisis at Christmas

Below is something I have posted pretty much every year for the past 3-4 years. Unfortunately it is an even bigger problem now than when I first posted it.


As I walked through Covent Garden and Charing Cross the other night there were more people sleeping rough than I have seen for a long time.

I don’t blame the government for this, the trend was already (to my eyes) on the up in the last days of New Labour.

What I do blame them for is for doing nothing about it now it has happened.

I believe the government should be providing certain services, and when people give to charities we are absolving them of their responsibilities.

That said if I were homeless or someone I loved was, I wouldn’t care where the help came from as long as it was there.

The people you pass on the streets, sleeping rough are somebody’s daughters and sons, somebody’s mothers and fathers, somebody’s brothers and sisters.

Give to the Crisis at Christmas appeal. It will cost you a little more than a pound a day between now and Christmas.

Sometime it isn’t easy to be cynical.

Back to today – it will cost you £22.32. If you think that is too much then you can always donate to the Salvation Army where it will only cost you £19.

I know that in the whole scheme of thing I’m not doing much, and maybe it’s about me assuaging my “liberal guilt”. But in the end you know what I don’t care what you think about me. I do care what you do.

Give some money, make someone’s life a little better over Christmas.

Thanks and Share the Love


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