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Homeless in Ipswich

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Iain Duncan Smith’s Responsibility. 

Yesterday I spent an enjoyable hour with Scarey, an East Ender, in the pub.

Over a few jars we talked of beloved comrade Anwar Huq who used to drive us out to the Suffolk wilds in pursuit of the perfect pint.

Scarey is now on the dole and not well off but seems in good cheer.

As I left I bumped into M, a bloke I know.

He is a lorry driver.

Now unemployed.

He comes up to us when we run stalls for the left and says, “I know Andy is a socialist so I’ll sign that.”

He has told me that some of the happiest days of his life were when he went to the big anti-racist festivals in London (not 70s – 90s).

M is living on the streets of Ipswich – homeless.

I am utterly utterly distraught at this.



Written by Andrew Coates

November 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

4 Responses

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  1. Social conditions for the most vunerable are going right back to the nineteenth century, but we are not supposed to notice. Just keep playing the i-phone and knocking back Special Brew. That’s what makes me so angry with the Labour Party, they are doing nothing to stick up for the working class. But, then, what do you expect?

    Sue R

    November 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  2. I find it upsetting that all the social democratic gains of the twentieth century ie council housing, rent control, local schools etc are being wiped away with nary a word said by our misleaders. We never had it so good and won’t do again this side of a revolution.

    Sue R

    November 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

  3. Sue he is somebody I know. There are countless stories out there.

    Andrew Coates

    November 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm

  4. From tomorrow the The venues for the Ipswich Night Shelter will be:

    Mondays, The Salvation Army, Bramford Road
    Tuesdays St Mary’s at Stoke, Stoke Street
    Wednesdays Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street
    Thursdays Christ Church / St Pancras, Tacket Street / Orwell Place
    Fridays Burlington Baptist, London Road
    Saturdays St Margaret’s, Bolton Lane;
    Sundays Hope Church, Fore Hamlet.

    Kevin Algar

    December 2, 2014 at 1:03 pm

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