The Prince and the Paupers

I heard this story being discussed by two idiots on the BBC this morning:

A council leader has called for action to tackle “aggressive begging” in Windsor, ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Simon Dudley, of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, has called on the Berkshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) to address the issue “urgently”.

Mr Dudley said street begging created a “hostile atmosphere” for both residents and tourists.

The BBC talking heads declared that Harry and Meghan would be very unhappy about this, particularly her because she is committed to tackling humanitarian issues. They’re not even married yet, and already the media are buttering her up as a spokesperson for right-on progressive causes. Joy oh fucking joy.

Windsor Homeless Project described the comments as “abhorrent”.

Well they would, especially if they’re only going off what the BBC is reporting. The full letter is here:

In the Royal Borough we believe homelessness is completely unacceptable in a caring, compassionate community such as ours. We are working to create the necessary housing for our residents. We are in the process of finalising our emerging Borough Local Plan (BLP) that will provide the necessary housing for our whole community, including social housing. The BLP will be submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government in late January 2018.

Our work on the SWEP has provided us with the evidence that a large number of adults that are begging in Windsor are not in fact homeless, and if they are homeless they are choosing to reject all support services to beg on the streets of Windsor. In the case of homelessness amongst this group, it is therefore a voluntary choice. Recently, council officers secured emergency accommodation for every individual begging and rough sleeping in Windsor, through making contact with each one.  A significant number of the adults chose not to turn up and use the accommodation that we had purchased for them, instead choosing to remain on the street begging. This is creating a concerning and hostile atmosphere for our residents and the seven million tourists who come to Windsor each year.

The BBC does tell us this, however:

He went on to describe how “vagrancy and begging” meant people were “marching tourists to cash points to withdraw cash” – although Thames Valley Police said it had received no such reports.

Is this proof that it’s not happening, or that the people affected know that reporting anything to the police is a complete waste of time?

Windsor Homeless Project manager Murphy James said it was “sickening” that Mr Dudley had cited the royal wedding as a reason for his concerns.

Dudley should have known better than to try to talk sense around morons like this. He should withdraw his letter and issue another suggesting Windsor’s homeless be invited to the royal wedding and permitted to live in the castle afterwards. It’s what Meghan would want, isn’t it?

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15 thoughts on “The Prince and the Paupers

  1. I’m ok with the royal family as it is at present, but if they join the progressive tear everything down crowd then what function do they serve? If they side with the left they will eventually be eaten by their new friends and older supporters like me will just sadly tick off the death of another great institution/tradition.

  2. Sorry, but I take a very cynical view of homeless street beggars. Perhaps occasioned by using a pub on Green Lanes, Haringey, where some very recognisable faces – earlier seen huddled in dirty blankets in West End doorways – could be found making regular trips to the bar with handfuls of small change. And of course the homeless guy – used to pitch outside Budgens, Crouch End – regularly picked up the far side of Priory Park by a woman in a fairly new Ford Escort.
    Tops, though, has to go to the old bint works Purto Banus (Spain’s rather dubious attempt at Cap d’Antibes) nights with her plastic cup. She runs to a Merc & a villa in Neuve Andalucia.

  3. Sorry, but I take a very cynical view of homeless street beggars.

    So does anyone who is familiar with them. The rent-a-gob in the article is only concerned because pretending to be so pays his salary.

  4. I checked out the charitable causes La Markle favours, and most of them are to do with an organisation called World Vision. This is an Evangelical Christian outfit, which will require that the BBC do their homework. They have taken flak for being anti same-sex marriage, for proselytising, and for being an arm of the US Dept. of State. On the whole, though, World Vision does tie in well with a concern for people begging on the streets of Britain because lots of them do indeed seem to come from other parts of the world.

  5. Yes, Thud is right and I’m afraid the monarchy is heading for the skip. Prince William showed his mettle some while ago in calling for a ban of all ivory including the destruction of artefacts owned by the crown.

    There needs to be a Prince Donald, Earl of Deplorable to take the crown.

  6. I’m particularly bemused by foreign beggars, anywhere. They should be given a hot meal, a shower and a free ticket home so long as they sign an affidavit promising never to return. Even western ne’er-do-wells caught begging in the Philippines get turfed out so I don’t see why we refrain.

  7. I checked out the charitable causes La Markle favours, and most of them are to do with an organisation called World Vision. This is an Evangelical Christian outfit

    Heh! I’d love it if the lefties found this out way too late.

  8. Harry’s problem is that he wants to be liked. And so he seems to be heading towards gradually saying more and more of the things that he thinks will get him liked by the Bright Young Things.

  9. To do with trolling lefties and their prejudices and seeing just how uninformed they are:

    Heh!

  10. Yeah I used to live in a mid-size British city with a healthy tourist trade. Got to know the faces of all the local beggars.

    One of them was sitting under a blanket the whole time. One time it slipped, and turns out he was wearing nice jeans and boxfresh trainers. He hurried to pick up the blanket.

    The second I saw in Sainsbury’s, doing his food shopping. He had changed out of his begging get-up and was dressed in fairly normal civvies. He then cycled off on a new mountain bike (though it was probably stolen, at a guess)

    The third was the best though. Saw him driving through town in a Land Rover. Ok, it was only a slightly old Defender, but even so.

    As I got to know the town even more, I found out that basically none of them were homeless, bar the odd crazy who would turn up for a few days. They all lived in hostel accommodation at the top end of town, and used the begging to supplement benefits.

    I’ve never given a penny since.

  11. “…the people affected know that reporting anything to the police is a complete waste of time?”

    They are probably also afraid of being charged with a “hate crime.”

  12. I’m ok with the royal family as it is at present, but if they join the progressive tear everything down crowd

    Hasn’t that ship already sailed? I seem to recall Prince Charles being fairly down with the eco-nutter movement.

  13. @ Mr (Harry?) Ream

    I liked the story about the eco house burning down.

    I’m wondering what it’s carbon footprint is now

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