Homeless charity Thames Reach’s supremo Jeremy Swain has shown that with friends like him homeless people really don’t need enemies. By supporting Westminster Council’s draconian bid to ban people from giving food to homeless people Swain has revealed the nasty side of some within the homeless industry.
Leading poverty pimp Swain has concerns that not toadying up to the Tory run council might affect the huge
salary funding his organisation receives from them. On twitter yesterday he claimed that soup runs were ‘Disconnected,ineffectual’ and only offer ‘tea and sympathy’ … and soup presumably.
Swain believes that any street based services not run by Thames Reach themselves may affect
his salary cause life on the street to become too easy. He complains that soup runs and other smaller charities rarely refer the people who use them to other services such as night shelters and hostels. Swain knows this is because most of those services are run by Thames Reach and other homeless industry monoliths like them and they do not offer referral rights to anyone outside their club. Swain also knows that many hostels charge huge rents (usually at cost to the tax payer), offer poor standards of accommodation and in the worst cases are dangerous and more akin to open prisons than a real alternative to life on the street.
Presumably Swain also realises that people handing out food, sleeping bags and sympathy keeps some people alive. Still an outcome’s an outcome. Death is well known as a tried and trusted mechanism to keep the street population down.
It’s not just free food that get’s Swain’s goat. One of his greatest concerns is the price of strong lager. We’d be inclined to agree, except Swain thinks it’s too cheap. Good little homeless people aren’t supposed to drink and, instead of questioning why so many do with angels like Thames Reach to protect them, Swain insists on making life that little bit more difficult. Even Christmas spirit should offer no relent to this torment according to Swain and the gang. Thames Reach released a statement urging people not to give to beggars this Christmas because they’ll only spend it all on booze or drugs, the bastards. Instead the likes of Thames Reach and notorious charity muggers St Mungos (who regularly beg on the street themselves) insist that people give money to them so they can continue to
maintain their salaries end street homelessness.
Strangely back in December Thames Reach advised people to buy homeless people food instead. What a difference
contract negotiations two months can make. Now they want people fined for carrying out their advice.
Thames Reach have been ending street homelessness forever and fully intend to continue doing so. Many executive salaries depend on it. Meanwhile the number of homeless people is set to soar as a result of the Government’s benefit cuts and housing policies. Some housing organisations such as Inside Housing and Shelter have rightly condemned the measures being proposed (even if they haven’t gone far enough). Poverty pimps like Thames Reach and St Mungos have been conspicuous in their absence from the debate. They would probably argue (behind closed doors) that they need to urgently preserve
executive salaries budgets and as they are dependent on government and Local Authority funding they are unable to challenge government policy too vigorously. Anyway Swain has described the very real threat of mass homelessness as ‘tosh’ and warned on twitter that people should not join the ‘bangwagon (sic) of the apocalyptic’. If it looks like a tory and sounds like a tory …
This Government is set to devastate the lives of the very people these charities were established to help. It’s time that the service users that keep these charities in business, and the front line staff currently facing redundancies, turn to their self-elected leaders like Swain and ask precisely whose side are you fucking on.