” total number of people living in poverty is 14.2 million.”
Poverty, anybody could see with their own eyes, is growing.
I was struck, visiting my old homeland, Haringey, by this recently.
It was not so much that seeing the homeless people on the streets was a surprise – we have plenty in Ipswich. Though I must admit that, coming out of Wood Green Tube station, the sight of a geezer with a sleeping bag sprawled out in front of the ‘Spoons on Spouters’ Corner was unexpected.
It was that walking from there to Turnpike Lane most people looked, well, not well off.
Same pound shops, charity shops, though a Mall looked a bit more prosperous than ours.
This is the real London, not Made In Chelsea.
Bounds Green, where I grew up, is (wrote the Guardian in 2013 and it’s still true), is “ordinary north London, like wot even…
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