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Boy on a bike speaks sense about homelessness.

Firstly I want to thank Jeremy Sear for writing one of the lamest posts about the issue of homelessness that I have seen in a long time because without him writing it and attacking the post by “Boy on a bike” I might well have missed  what is a most expansive and very sensible exposition of the subject.

His problem is not being homeless. His problem is his drug habit, and how he sets the priorities in his life. Not everyone has a dream of living in a renovated 19th century manor house, or in a newly built McMansion. For some, housing is not a priority. Decorating is not at the top of their list of things to do. They care nought about plumbing, matching tiles with curtains and what sort of dimmer switches they should install. Unfortunately, our public policy appears to be being made by inveterate readers of Vogue Living and House and Garden. They think that just because they want the dream home with the 6 burner stove and the 50 inch plasma in the media room, that’s what everyone else wants, and should have.

I liked the post very much and as a consequence of my reading it I have been inspired to do what I should have done a while ago and I have added Boy on a bike to my blog roll.
Cheers Comrades
😀


11 Comments

  1. Jeremy says:

    “They think that just because they want the dream home with the 6 burner stove and the 50 inch plasma in the media room, that’s what everyone else wants, and should have.”

    Utter garbage.

    We’re talking about basic shelter, not McMansions.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Jeremy
    did you entirely miss what the author was saying about the priority choices that many homeless people make?
    Or what he was saying about working on their mental and substance abuse problems if you want to address their homelessness?

  3. Jeremy says:

    “did you entirely miss what the author was saying about the priority choices that many homeless people make?”

    No, but it’s completely irrelevant to the issue (or, worse, a deliberate distraction from it), which is making sure there’s housing for all who require it.

    “Or what he was saying about working on their mental and substance abuse problems if you want to address their homelessness?”

    He presented it as if doing the former required not addressing the latter. It doesn’t. We should do both.

  4. This post goes hand in hand with the post you linked to:

    http://boy-on-a-bike.blogspot.com/2009/07/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know.html

    Cheers comrade, and thanks for the link.

  5. norman says:

    Iain, BOAB

    you should be nice to Jeremy, no-one else seems to give a shit about your cliched arguments and overblown prose.

  6. Iain Hall says:

    That is very good too BOAB!

  7. Iain Hall says:

    I can’t speak for BOAB but I write because I want to do it and if anyone reads what I put down that is a bonus, if I get comments that is a treat to be savoured.
    However when you have lived a bit of life as I have (I am an old codger by Internet standards, being over 50) then you have some real experience to draw on rather than just socialist theory and guess what? You start to realise that what they teach in Marxism 101 is just bullshit

  8. Husky_Jim says:

    What is the old saying Iain?

    Anyone who isn’t a marxist at 20 lacks any heart and anyone who’s still a marxist at 40 lacks any brains.

  9. MK says:

    I love the way jeremy whines about how there should be housing for all, but off course it’s everyone else who must work to pay for this housing for useless parasites like him.

  10. Jeremy says:

    That’s hilariously stupid, MK, even for you. I’d be on the paying side of this, obviously – I pay taxes, and I don’t need public housing.

    I love when conservatives try to attack liberals as both elitists and selfish – as if it’s somehow in the economic interest of liberals who pay tax to provide for the poor. We advocate for it because it’s RIGHT – even though it’s NOT TO OUR PERSONAL BENEFIT.

    I can understand why that might be difficult for someone like MK to understand.

  11. PKD says:

    Jeremy, somehow I doubt MK is as far to the left as a real Conservative…typical MK post though

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