More than 80,000 children in the UK will spend this Christmas homeless
|21st Century Britain|
80,000 children on the streets, one million households using "Pay day loan" sharks, 750,000 people reliant on Foodbanks. All just part of the misery that is Great Britain in the winter of 2013. Add to this the households facing fuel poverty due to the excesses of the energy companies or the households where overcrowding is a major problem due to the failure of governments to address the housing crisis.
The neglect of successive governments over many years compounded now by the ConDem coalition with their drive for "austerity", has created this situation and we should all feel shame for allowing it to happen.
In the first quarter of the 21st Century, Britain is becoming a nation where self interest and indifference in many parts of society, not least of all in the corridors of Westminster and the chamber of the House of Commons, has resulted in charities and pressure groups replacing other more "official" bodies in providing social amenities and assistance.
The coming months will be desperate for many of our people and some undoubtedly will needlessly perish, due to the effects of cold or malnutrition or both.