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The UK Media are focusing the public attention on the latest addition to the Windsor Dynasty..

Meanwhile, two items of public interest have this week, not received the attention they surely deserve….

Accident or design?

They come from totally different sources in different countries and they are discussing proposals to make homelessness illegal. Coming from different sides of the Atlantic, their messages are remarkably similar and the proposals made by US and UK lawmakers could have come from the same speech writer.

In the US, Marc Sarnoff, City Commissioner of Miami, is trying to make it illegal to be homeless. He wants to ban sleeping on park benches, meeting friends, congregating in public spaces and even eating while walking along the street.

In the UK public space protection orders, part of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill (which was outlined in the Queens speech earlier in July), would effectively allow police to prevent groups meeting in parks and make illegal the utilisation of a park bench as a bed for the night.

Homelessness needs to be tackled by the provision of affordable housing, not by making those people forced to live on our streets into criminals.

The fact that there are so many people forced to live on the streets is testament to the sad state both the US and the UK are now in.

Banks foreclosing on family homes left many with no option but to set up homes in campers, cars and vans. Tent cities have sprung up under road bridges and makeshift camps can be found in many wooded areas as families struggle to get back on their feet.

There are going to be more and more people falling foul of these laws if they are passed.

Decent jobs are nigh on impossible to come by and when those jobs are removed from the market, by company closure or outsourcing, they are replaced by minimum wage part time positions that cannot hope to feed and house a family.

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