Letter to the Editor: Who cares for the rough sleepers?

Letter to the Editor: Who cares for the rough sleepers?

Vested interests degrade society. DUP spurning best of both worlds, EU-UK withdrawal agreement between 28 EU states, two years negotiated 585 pages. Right-wing UK press laughs at “remainers” and “backstop”, courting social disaster sneering at the EU that brought peace, prosperity to member states over seven decades.

Here, the beloved land and waters are indeed very cherished. But we stand to have abandoned villages, technically run farms, drones making sweep over flocks, herds, crops several times 24/7. Either robotic herders or shed-fed cattle.

In the capital, we heard talk of a need to revisit regulations preventing bedsits and talk of consideration for ones sleeping rough. Come deregulation, come €1,300 a month, multi-storey car spaces with pull-down sleeping. Shared accommodation silos. Students, singles, 20 to 30-year-olds who can afford, for now, €1,000 to €1,300 monthly rents. But the rough sleeper? Who?

Ah yes, deregulation. The EU was able to support the UK when as a member, but through its carelessness, the UK twice nearly lost its entire national livestock herd (we needed to look sharp ourselves here). The various vested interests of anti-EU had intimidated enough so that the UK was kept arm’s length from Brussels and correspondents in very right-wing UK papers would continue on about banana shape Eurocratic Brussels regulations.

Whilst huge benefit accrued to UK, the public beyond London were not well served regarding the EU. Ukippers would amuse themselves teasing Tories so they became terrified about their constituencies. Tories found themselves outmanoeuvred. And the spectrum ran further to the right, more supremacists. ERG pressured constituency associations to drop pro-EU Tories.

The Brexit party offers a deal to Prime Minister Johnson that they won’t run against hard, pro-Brexit Tories. The Brexit party now teases Labour it will gain Labour seats in North London, come an election. Some very far right, supremacists, the hard anti-EU government is in prospect at Westminster. Given that it took an opposition until eight weeks before October 31, 2019, Brexit dateline to organise and agree to pass legislation to block a no-deal crash-out, Eurosceptic, Ukipper Brexiteers have been blindingly successful and are poised to lead a deregulated, very far-right government. Do you reckon there will be less or more UK tent cities post-Brexit?

We here are getting more tented communities, couples with two medium incomes are challenged to afford rented accommodation in the capital. What becomes of ones who rented to retirement? Public service in crisis: heavens look down on trollies in A&E this winter (don’t get sepsis), the desperately needed public service broadcaster sinking in debt. We here need to talk about rich vested interests.

We have the prospect “Gilead UK” next door. Would it be led by old Etonian “beloved leaders” as a North Korea of the North Sea, or run by US military-industrial complex appointees?

Tom Ryan
Doon
Co Limerick

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