Warming her hands on a cup of coffee, Mandy looks up sadly and says that she lost her baby because while she and her partner Sean were wandering the streets in search of respite from the bitter cold and striving to withstand biting temperatures since becoming homeless just before Christmas, their unborn child, tragically, did not.
Mandy, 47, said that the nurse said it was the cold that killed her child because Mandy was going through a number of variations in temperature, from piercing cold, to warm, to freezing again and the baby couldn’t cope.
Mandy was already expecting when her husband booted her out. Sean, 32, the unborn seven-week-old’s father, was evicted from his lodgings, and the couple worried for the baby’s welfare, so they went to the council asking for help to arrange an interim settlement.
They waited five hours in the council offices, only for someone to come back and inform them they could only accommodate them if they provided a pregnancy test, and went to an appointment with a midwife.
They went to the hospital, but the only appointment they had was a month later. Now it’s too late, the baby is dead! And they believe that if the housing officers had responded more quickly to get Mandy out of the cold she would not have miscarried.
It’s awful out on those streets and usually so unbearably bitter cold that sometimes people out on the streets feel like they might not last the night, and local charities have now reprimanded Tory-run Northampton council for constantly delaying help, and the authority has now reached ludicrous levels of exclusion.
Stan Robertson, 51, was once homeless and now delivers cooked breakfasts to the likes of Mandy and Sean each day, and the people that he’s helped have been prohibited from council services, and if it wasn’t for people like Stan, they’d have no one.
Northampton borough council denied that a pregnant woman would be refused access to its services, and a spokesman from Northampton borough council said that any rough sleeper who thinks they’re pregnant would be quickly fast-tracked into temporary accommodation in order to ensure they don’t have to sleep rough on the streets.
They further denied making it hard for homeless people to access services but acknowledged that the night shelter is only accessible to local people, and said that given that it’s a free shelter that gives meals, if they don’t insist on some kind of local connection then the taxpayers of Northampton would effectively be helping rough sleepers from everywhere.
In this day and age there’s no reason for people to be homeless, but with austerity cuts and Brexit being more important than the people of the United Kingdom nobody appears to give a damn, and numerous homeless people are being assaulted on the streets or are forced into prostitution.
Once out on the streets, it becomes difficult for them to get work because they have no fixed abode, and companies are really unwilling to take them on, and then there’s Buckingham Palace with all those apartments lying vacant, I thought the Queen was a Christian and had some empathy?
However, this is the fate of Great Britain, and it’s getting worse, and we’re happily welcoming a Dickensian Britain where we have the wickedest politicians in the history of Great Britain and no morals in society, money first, people last, where royalty get their weddings paid for while poor people get persecuted.
And what’s absolutely horrifying is that other people believe that displaced people make themselves homeless, but they don’t because the Job Centre give a date for an appointment, then they change it, and then say that they missed their appointment, then they sanction them, so they finish up with no money, and it’s even worse on Universal Credit as they now mess the money up for months at a time so then they’re evicted from their homes and other homeless people simply give up on the broken system as they can’t get anywhere or answers from them.
People don’t genuinely make themselves homeless, it’s not a life choice, and it’s an outright catastrophe, but people have no pity, so they go ahead and shame her, but people should not be shaming her, they should be shaming the person who made her homeless.
Perhaps she shouldn’t have got herself into that position in the first place, but it’s easy to lay blame when it’s someone else, but what one should remember is that is someone’s daughter and granddaughter had the pregnancy been viable. Most councils will ask for a doctors letter or something from the midwife as confirmation, and asking them to do a pregnancy test is a really personal thing to be asked by a council.
What does this council do, provide pee sticks to test if women are really pregnant when they come in?
I know how wicked things are in some areas as my son and his partner have a baby and they live in a bedsit and have been told that they will have to wait ten years before they get a one bedroom flat and that they will then have to sleep in the living room while the child has the bedroom, and the possibilities of ever getting a two bedroom are virtually none existent, so what chance does the homeless person on the streets have?
There are also other people who would never get considered for a council house or flat and have to rent privately. Some are living in bedsits with three children or more because they can’t afford a bigger property on Universal Credit, and I already know what other people are thinking, they shouldn’t have so many kids.
Next, the government will bring in sterilisation after the first child, or perhaps the government want to bring back Nazi forced sterilization as a law, and while the government are at it, why don’t they just bring back concentration camps for the women that even consider pregnancy?
Because none of this is morally ethical, but what our government labels as morally ethical is letting people from other nations to simply hop over on a vessel to England whenever they want, and then they welcome them in with open arms, give them someplace to live and put a silver spoon in their mouths along with it.
But the people of the United Kingdom have to wait because it appears we’re less significant, even though we were born here, and as I’ve said before, I have no problem with foreigners coming to the United Kingdom and they have been doing so for a long time now, but presently we simply don’t have the room.
Why can’t they just go to America where there’s masses of room, or Australia, why because they won’t let them in! After all, if the shoe was on the other foot and Great Britain was in turmoil and we required refuge in another nation, do you imagine they would let us in? Charity begins at home.
And there appears to be such a hideous attitude from some people who have no concept of what it’s like to be out on the streets, but everything can change in the blink of an eye, and those people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Northampton does have shelters but they’re not always easy to access due to restrictions, and I’m sure neither of these people intended on being in this position, and anyone in this situation needs care and kindness and not senseless discrimination.
I so hope that anybody reading this with a senseless opinion doesn’t become one of those people out on the streets who feel worthless. Whatever they did, however, they got there, they’re human beings, and life is a life, no matter what avenue of life one comes from, and no one knows what’s around the corner, particularly with the Tories in government.