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My homeless brother died on the streets of Glasgow. Who will be next?        Video        The Guardian        9 December 2019

 

Mark Starr died

on the streets of Glasgow earlier this year;

his family found out five weeks later

on social media.

 

As part of the Guardianís

empty doorway series

we retraced his final steps

alongside his brother Tony.

 

Did Mark have friends?

Did anyone give him support?

And how hard is it to survive

in a city where one homeless person dies

on the streets every month?

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=1i1hGxhrKz8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless people: the voters without a voice        G        25 November 2019

 

 

 

 

Homeless people: the voters without a voice | Anywhere but Westminster        G        25 November 2019

 

In the third part of their election series,

John Harris and John Domokos go to Southend-on-sea,

and find a coastal town with a homelessness crisis.

 

A local charity

is making sure that homeless people register to vote,

while huge issues scream out for attention:

benefit sanctions, abusive landlords,

the gap between wages and rents,

and the dire lack of mental health services

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=nD1dX42sBZA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My life in a hotel room: Irelandís hidden homeless crisis        G        20 December 2018

 

 

 

 

My life in a hotel room: Irelandís hidden homeless crisis        The Guardian        20 December 2018

 

Nuala and her teenage daughter, Laura,

were suddenly evicted from their Dublin home

when their landlord of 10 years

was forced to sell by his creditors.

 

They havenít been able to find a new place to rent.

 

Despite having been

on the council house waiting list

for more than six years

they are still only around 600th in line.

 

Now, like almost 10,000 other people

and 1,700 families across Ireland,

Nuala and Laura are homeless.

 

Phoebe Greenwood

went to Dublin to meet them

and look into Irelandís

hidden homelessness epidemic.

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=PRSicUnEHm8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our House        G        1 June 2018

 

 

 

 

Our House        The Guardian        1 June 2018

 

The homeless man, the hippy and the property developer.

 

Brian was down on his luck and sleeping rough in Liverpool.

 

Lawrence was a successful hotelier and property developer.

 

David was a self-proclaimed hippy in a dead-end job.

 

Together they form an unlikely alliance

and create a homeless shelter like no other.

 

But can it last?

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=3n_mpH5IakA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manchester's Homeless Crisis        Britain's Forgotten Men        BBC 3        20 August 2017

 

 

 

 

BRITAIN'S FORGOTTEN MEN S1 ē E4

Manchester's Homeless Crisis | Britain's Forgotten Men        BBC 3        20 August 2017

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6CbMAFQC4I

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Myself: Lucy's story of homelessness and survival        G        1 February 2013

 

 

 

Be Myself: Lucy's story of homelessness and survival - video        Guardian        1 February 2013

 

Over eight months, between 2011 and 2012,

Georgina Cranston documented

the lives of homeless women in London.

 

She spent time in hostels,

joined outreach teams, met rough sleepers

as well as the 'hidden homeless'

and women who had found a home.

 

This is Lucy's story.

 

It's not easy to watch but it offers hope,

and her struggle sheds light

on issues that so often go ignored.


Warning:

contains strong language and distressing content

 

YouTube

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2013/jan/31/
be-myself-lucys-story-homelessness-survival-video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark, aged about 9, is centre,

holding a monkey

with his sister Karen (left),

brother Tony (back right) and friends

on holiday in Hastings.

 

Photograph: Courtesy Mark Starr family

 

Mark Starr's family thought he was thriving in a new city.

The truth was far darker

Mark Starr 1965-2019

It took five weeks for the news to reach the Starrs:

rather than being stable and happy,

Mark had died sleeping rough in a Glasgow park.

Why?

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Tue 10 Dec 2019    06.00 GMT

Last modified on Tue 10 Dec 2019    14.58 GMT

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/10/
mark-starrs-family-thought-he-was-thriving-in-a-new-city-the-truth-was-far-darker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

homeless

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/18/
self-isolate-at-home-they-say-but-what-if-you-are-homeless

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/10/
mark-starrs-family-thought-he-was-thriving-in-a-new-city-the-truth-was-far-darker

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=1i1hGxhrKz8 - G - 9 December 2019

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/03/
the-homeless-death-statistics-are-shocking-but-the-true-total-may-be-even-higher

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/03/
at-least-135000-children-in-britain-will-be-homeless-at-christmas

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=nD1dX42sBZA - G - 25 November 2019

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/01/
homeless-deaths-in-2018-rise-at-highest-level-ons

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/30/
the-homeless-death-of-kane-walker-how-we-let-down-the-kid-from-care

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/24/
the-homeless-death-of-jake-humm-it-was-my-deepest-darkest-fear

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/17/
the-homeless-death-of-aimee-teese-i-didnt-think-it-would-come-to-this-at-30

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/17/
were-telling-the-stories-of-those-who-died-homeless-heres-why

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/19/
westminster-council-boards-up-area-to-keep-homeless-people-away

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/19/
calls-for-195-year-old-vagrancy-act-scrapped-homeless

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/19/
how-else-am-i-meant-to-live-rough-sleepers-defy-anti-begging-law

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/19/
london-rough-sleeping-hits-record-high-with-18-rise-in-2018-19

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/11/
death-on-the-streets-homelessness-in-britain-today-in-focus-podcast

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/23/
24000-homeless-families-sent-miles-from-local-area

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2018/dec/20/
my-life-in-a-hotel-room-irelands-hidden-homeless-crisis-video

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/20/
death-in-westminster-a-wake-up-call-on-homelessness

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/20/
homeless-deaths-rise-by-a-quarter-in-five-years-official-figures-show

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/14/
down-and-out-in-chippenham-britains-hidden-rural-homeless

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/21/
alternative-tour-of-manchester-focuses-on-the-citys-homeless

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/shortcuts/2018/aug/07/
wetherspoon-ban-homeless-people-cornwall-owen-jones

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jun/25/
after-25-years-of-being-homeless-i-learned-theres-one-simple-thing-you-can-do-to-help-gregory-p-smith

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=3n_mpH5IakA - The Guardian - 1 June 2018

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/23/
gps-lifeline-homeless-patients-died-uk-brighton-surgery

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/may/22/
while-the-city-sleeps-london-after-hours-a-photo-essay

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/21/
too-many-measures-targeting-homeless-people

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/15/
cardboard-city-16-april-1989

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/17/
ilford-ms-store-to-help-build-pop-up-hostel-for-rough-sleepers

 

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/mar/17/
homeless-crisis-housing-benefit-micro-flats-cost

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/03/
homeless-charities-slam-open-season-street-people-crisis

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/16/
rough-sleeper-dies-parliament-doorstep-ministers-act-homelessness

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/15/
man-found-dead-london-tube-station-former-model-homeless-charity

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/17/
should-give-homeless-people-money-gloucester-council-ad

 

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2018/jan/10/
rural-idyll-homelessness-hits-the-countryside

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/05/
princes-and-paupers-homeless-fear-windsor-has-social-cleansing-plan

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/04/
575737678/prime-minister-theresa-may-weighs-in-on-removing-homeless-from-windsor

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/04/
windsor-homeless-were-human-beings-i-just-want-to-get-back-on-my-feet

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/04/
the-guardian-view-on-windsors-homelessness-a-parable-of-modern-britain

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/04/
homeless-charities-windsor-crackdown-royal-wedding

 

 

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?time_continue=6&v=rCt7MhQHIbU - Guardian - 2 November 2017

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=z6CbMAFQC4I - BBC 3 - 20 August 2017

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/30/
manchester-residents-anti-homeless-spikes-rough-sleepers

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jun/26/
the-other-side-to-the-uks-housing-crisis

 

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/21/
homeless-students-nowhere-sleep-london-emergency-accommodation

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/25/
how-i-became-homeless-cant-happen-to-you-think-again

 

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/
5395d9bfe4b0a65f81da34aa?INTCMP=mic_231930

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/26/
homeless-shocking-rat-infested-conditions

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/05/
housing-homeless-cameron-inhumanity

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/24/
homeless-london-birmingham

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/19/
uk-spends-2bn-housing-homeless-short-term

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/jan/20/
big-picture-homeless-lee-jefferies

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/dec/16/
communities.christmas2005

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2001/apr/26/
homelessness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a homeless person

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/04/
the-guardian-view-on-windsors-homelessness-a-parable-of-modern-britain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

homeless people

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/audio/2019/dec/11/
the-empty-doorway-britains-homelessness-crisis-podcast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/17/
homeless-denied-housing-over-fears-they-are-too-poor-study-says

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/02/
mark-field-homeless-people-mp-charity-victoria

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/dec/01/
rosie-holtom-portraits-of-homeless-people

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/21/
homeless-people-dead-at-47

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/dec/21/
homeless-people-life-expectancy-47

 

 

 

 

the homeless

https://www.theguardian.com/food/video/2018/oct/22/
the-sikh-charity-that-feeds-the-homeless-across-the-uk-video

 

 

 

 

homeless families housed in B&Bs

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/24/
homelessness-england-families-temporary-accommodation-bed-and-breakfast

 

 

 

 

homeless students

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/jun/21/
homeless-students-nowhere-sleep-london-emergency-accommodation

 

 

 

 

rural homeless

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/14/
down-and-out-in-chippenham-britains-hidden-rural-homeless

 

 

 

 

homeless crisis in Ireland / in the UK

Britain's homelessness crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2019/dec/21/
homeless-crisis-empty-doorway-series-uk-award

https://www.theguardian.com/society/audio/2019/dec/11/
the-empty-doorway-britains-homelessness-crisis-podcast

 

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=PRSicUnEHm8 - G - 20 December 2018

 

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/mar/17/
homeless-crisis-housing-benefit-micro-flats-cost

 

 

 

 

homeless death statistics

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/03/
the-homeless-death-statistics-are-shocking-but-the-true-total-may-be-even-higher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sleep rough

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/13/
disgrace-rising-english-homelessness-includes-120000-children

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/16/
rough-sleeper-dies-parliament-doorstep-ministers-act-homelessness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rough sleepers

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/19/
london-rough-sleeping-hits-record-high-with-18-rise-in-2018-19

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/19/
how-else-am-i-meant-to-live-rough-sleepers-defy-anti-begging-law

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/25/
english-councils-accused-of-hiding-scale-of-homelessness-crisis

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/11/
death-on-the-streets-homelessness-in-britain-today-in-focus-podcast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/31/
rough-sleeping-rises-in-nearly-all-englands-major-cities-london-birmingham

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/18/
rough-sleepers-die-winter-tories-labour-solution-homeless

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/15/
people-are-dragged-out-of-tents-attacks-on-homeless-soar-up-to-30-percent

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/10/
tented-britain-rise-in-rough-sleepers-taking-shelter-under-canvas

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/shortcuts/2018/aug/07/
wetherspoon-ban-homeless-people-cornwall-owen-jones

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/17/
ilford-ms-store-to-help-build-pop-up-hostel-for-rough-sleepers

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/16/
rough-sleeper-dies-parliament-doorstep-ministers-act-homelessness

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/04/
homeless-charities-windsor-crackdown-royal-wedding

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2016/mar/09/
surge-in-rough-sleepers-outside-london

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

migrant rough sleepers

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/05/
st-mungos-homeless-charity-helped-target-rough-sleepers-to-deport

 

 

 

 

rough sleepers > anti-homeless studs

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/07/
anti-homeless-studs-london-block-uproar

 

 

 

 

anti-homeless spikes

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/30/
manchester-residents-anti-homeless-spikes-rough-sleepers

 

 

 

 

rough sleeping

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/19/
london-rough-sleeping-hits-record-high-with-18-rise-in-2018-19

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/feb/11/
death-on-the-streets-homelessness-in-britain-today-in-focus-podcast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/31/
rough-sleeping-rises-in-nearly-all-englands-major-cities-london-birmingham

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/16/
rough-sleeper-dies-parliament-doorstep-ministers-act-homelessness

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/09/
rough-sleeping-rise-london-homelessness-every-day-struggle

 

http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2013/jun/27/
rough-sleeping-whats-behind-the-figures

 

 

 

 

street sleeper

 

 

 

 

people sleeping on the streets

 

 

 

 

living on the streets

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/nov/26/
ireland-bailout-homeless-man

 

 

 

 

a life out on the streets

 

 

 

 

be on the streets

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=z6CbMAFQC4I - BBC 3 - 20 August 2017

 

 

 

 

cardboard cities

 

 

 

 

cardboard boxes

 

 

 

 

blanket

 

 

 

 

be down and out

 

 

 

 

plight

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/05/
housing-homeless-cameron-inhumanity

 

 

 

 

people who live on the streets

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/dec/21/
homeless-people-life-expectancy-47 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ireland / UK > homelessness        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/homelessness

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/10/
homelessness-is-not-inevitable-and-can-be-solved-these-cities-show-us-how

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/25/
english-councils-accused-of-hiding-scale-of-homelessness-crisis

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/14/
dublin-homelessness-tour-guide-this-is-a-chance-to-tell-my-story

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/24/
housing-secretary-james-brokenshire-admits-tory-policies-blame-homelessness-rise

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/20/
death-in-westminster-a-wake-up-call-on-homelessness

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/sep/05/
dublin-homelessness-crisis-jars-with-narrative-of-irish-economic-boom

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/shortcuts/2018/aug/07/
wetherspoon-ban-homeless-people-cornwall-owen-jones

 

https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2018/jan/10/
rural-idyll-homelessness-hits-the-countryside

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2018/jan/03/
homelessness-caused-me-pain-stress-and-anger-video

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/22/
this-man-died-sleeping-on-birmingham-streets-what-happened-to-his-life

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2017/dec/20/
i-slept-in-a-hospital-toilet-the-uks-hidden-youth-homelessness-crisis-video

 

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/dec/11/
johnny-marr-and-maxine-peake-you-cant-avoid-homelessness-in-manchester-it-touched-us-both

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/18/
new-homelessness-strategy-is-a-must-say-mps

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/11/
one-night-on-the-streets-a-portrait-of-homelessness-in-britain

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/10/
nastiness-crime-homeless-homelessness-local-authorities-public-spaces-protection-orders

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/10/
homelessness-streets-manchester-outreach-rough-sleepers-housing

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/29/
squatters-occupy-royal-mint-site-to-protest-against-homelessness

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/23/
homelessness-crisis-shelter-charity-helpline

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cartoon/2013/jul/15/
iain-duncan-smith-benefits-cap

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/video/2013/jan/31/
be-myself-lucys-story-homelessness-survival-video

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/19/
breadline-britain-homeless-sleep-church

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/08/
homelessness-jumps-repossession-unemployment

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/joepublic/2011/dec/20/
homelessness-psychological-focus

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/dec/13/
homelessness-mapping-technologies

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/dec/06/
film-raises-funds-homelessness-charities

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/oct/25/
homeless-link-jenny-edwards-interview

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2011/sep/14/
homeless-crisis-middle-england-runnymede

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/21/
peoples-panel-homelessness-cuts

 

 

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2004/jun/16/
homelessness.politics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

homelessness crisis in England

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/25/
homelessness-crisis-england-perfect-storm

 

 

 

 

homelessness charity

 

 

 

 

charity / charities

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/nov/26/
guardian-christmas-2010-charity-appeal

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/nov/15/
charities-clothes-market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

life after homelessness

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/23/
life-after-homelessness-i-bought-a-rusty-old-narrowboat-it-has-become-a-nice-home

 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/dec/18/
life-after-homelessness-when-i-moved-into-my-own-flat-i-cried-tears-of-joy-all-night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

housing crisis

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/19/
uk-spends-2bn-housing-homeless-short-term

 

 

 

 

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/25/
two-years-room-homeless-hostel

 

 

 

 

emergency housing

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/25/
two-years-room-homeless-hostel

 

 

 

 

social housing

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/17/
homeless-denied-housing-over-fears-they-are-too-poor-study-says

 

 

 

 

B&B

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/19/
uk-spends-2bn-housing-homeless-short-term

 

 

 

 

bed and breakfast accomodation

 

 

 

 

shelter

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=3n_mpH5IakA - The Guardian - 1 June 2018

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/19/
uk-spends-2bn-housing-homeless-short-term

 

 

 

 

hostel

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/19/
uk-spends-2bn-housing-homeless-short-term

 

 

 

 

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the socially excluded

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March 6 1974

 

Mr Heath joins the homeless

 

The Guardian archive

 

March 6 1974

The Guardian

 

'Mr Heath trying to find a new home?' said the fruity-voiced London estate agent yesterday. 'Pardon me for laughing, but it really is rather funny.'

Mr Heath, now homeless, is unlikely to see the joke. It is pure social satire. After almost four years of having his own way, the man evicted from No. 10 is now, as a homeseeker, in an appalling position, whereas Mr Wilson has done extremely well from Heath-style capitalism. After being pitched out of Downing Street in 1970, he had time to write his history of the Labour Government. He got between £100,000 and £200,000, took the twenty-year lease of a house in Lord North Street ó right in the middle of 'division bell territory' ó for £20,000, and bought a country house for £20,000. He has kept his bungalow in the Isles of Scilly.

Hampton's, the London estate agent, which handled the Lord North Street deal, thought yesterday that because of price rises under the Tories the lease had doubled in value. 'But I would not think Mr Wilson would sell it to Mr Heath. If he does , he won't find another so easily. If he is as shrewd as I think he is, he would keep it or let it furnished.' Hampton's had nothing within easy reach of the division bell. They had a few flats in Kensington for between £39,000 and £80,000, but that would be too far away from the Commons. Of course, if Mr Heath wanted a house in Westminster they would try to find him one, but it would not be easy.

Flats for rent? Here again the drift of events has gone against E. Heath, home-hunter. 'Very, very difficult,' Hampton's said. 'The high premiums. I suppose he could get something with rateable value of under £1500 on which premiums cannot be charged.'

A helpful man at John D. Wood kept repeating the word 'Rent? Rent?' in an increasingly incredulous tone when asked about Mr Heath's chances of renting a flat near Westminster remotely as pleasant as his old one at The Albany.

No, Mr Heath should buy. There was a house in Lupus Street, Pimlico, with three-four bedrooms and two-three reception rooms, freehold, with double garage, for £35,000. 'Except,' the obliging house agent said after a moment's thought, 'he's going to have trouble getting his pianos into there.'

Mr Heath may well sigh for the good old days of his rented flat in The Albany. 'I can tell you straight away,' the porter said yesterday, 'there will be nothing available here for a long, long time. Mr Heath would have to go through the usual channels.'

Truly, the Workers have spoken.

Dennis Barker

The Guardian archive,
March 6 1974,
Mr Heath joins the homeless,
G,
Republished 6.3.2007,
p. 34,
http://digital.guardian.co.uk/guardian/2007/03/06/pages/ber34.shtml

 

 

 

 

 

October 10, 1924

 

The East End's

poor and teeming streets

 

The Guardian archive

 

Friday October 10, 1924

Guardian

Karel Capek

 

It starts not far beyond the centre of the world - the Bank of England, the stock exchange, and a regular jungle of other banks and financial establishments. This golden shore is almost washed by the black waves of east London. "Don't go there without a guide," said the denizens of the West End, "and don't take much money with you." Well, that is decidedly putting it too strongly.

I regard Piccadilly or Fleet Street as a worse haunt of savagery than the Isle of Dogs or Limehouse of ill repute. Nothing happened to me, but I came back feeling depressed, although I have been through the abominations of the harbours at Marseilles and Palermo. The streets are very unsightly with their filthy cobbles, their swarms of children on the pavement, their drunken seamen, their Philanthropic Shelters; and with their stench of scorched rags.

Yet I have seen worse places. But it is not that. The horrible thing in east London is not what can be seen and smelt, but its unbounded and unredeemable extent. Elsewhere poverty and ugliness exist merely as a rubbish-heap between two houses, like an unsavoury nook, a cesspool. But here are miles and miles of grimy houses, hopeless streets, a superfluity of children, gin palaces and Christian shelters.

Miles and miles, from Peckham to Hackney, from Walworth to Barking, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Poplar, Bromley, Stepney, Bow, and Bethnal Green, the quarters inhabited by navvies, Jews, Cockneys, and stevedores, poverty-stricken and downtrodden people, intersected by dirty channels of deafening traffic.

And in the south, in the north-west, in the north-east again the same thing, miles of grimy houses, factories, gasometers, railway lines, clayey patches of waste ground, warehouses for goods and warehouses for human beings.

There are assuredly uglier quarters in all parts of the world; even squalor is here on a higher level, and the poorest beggar is not clad in rags; but good heavens, the human beings, the millions of human beings who live in these short, uniform, joyless streets, which teem on the plain of London. And that is the distressing thing about the East End - there is too much of it. Not even the devil would venture to say: if you will, I shall destroy this city, and in three days I will build it, not so grimy, not so mechanical, not so inhuman and bleak. If he were to say that, perhaps I would fall down and worship him.

 

∑ The Czech playwright is best known as author of RUR:

Rossum's Universal Robots, which coined the word robot

The Guardian archive > October 10, 1924 >
The East End's poor and teeming streets,
G,
Republished 10.10.2006,
https://www.theguardian.com/news/1924/oct/10/
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