Adam’s doing a charity walk for Shelter. Lots of London Walks guides – and London Walks GHQ (Mary and I) – have stumped up. Here’s hoping some of you, our walkers, will chip in as well. I (David) did our Old Westminster by Gaslight Walk a couple of weeks ago. The walk meets just outside exit 4 of Westminster Tube. The building there is Portcullis House, the new Parliamentary office building. A day or two previously ‘our’ Home Secretary – now ‘our’ former Home Secretary – uttered the following obscenity: ‘homelessness is a lifestyle choice.’ (A friend said – about this government – ‘it’s like living in a dystopia novel written by a seriously disturbed adolescent.’) Monday night when I was meeting my walkers there was a homeless person there, on the pavement, curled up, shivering in a dirty sleeping bag. In a just world the (former) Home Secretary would find herself in that sleeping bag for a few nights.
Closing thought: “Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home” G. K. Chesterton
Call to action: the link to Adam’s charity walk for shelter: justgiving.com