Conservative Cllr David Heseltine wants to “eliminate” the homeless from the streets of Bradford.
This is the truth behind the façade of ‘caring Conservatism’ – the poor are victim-blamed for their own poverty and the Tories call for them to be persecuted.
What exactly does Mr Heseltine envisage when he suggests grabbing the homeless “by the scruff of the neck” and ensuring they were “eliminated”?
Is he suggesting that these people, who have committed no crime – unless you consider it a crime to be unlucky – should be assaulted by the state?
There, but for the grace of God (or whatever you believe in), go you, Mr Heseltine! Your good fortune is as much a result of good luck as theirs is of bad.
Perhaps someone should take this Tory “by the scruff of the neck” and “deal” with him. Let’s see how he likes it.
David Heseltine, a Conservative Party Councillor in Bradford, has caused outrage during a meeting of the Council’s regeneration overview and scrutiny committee by stating that:
The tramps and drunks sleeping in doorways. What we need to do is get them by the scruff of the neck and deal with them. People have said they’d go into Bradford if they were eliminated.
Why Councillor Heseltine believes that perpetrating an assault on the homeless would rectify the problem is a mystery. He would be better advised to encourage his colleagues to work towards providing people with homes, opportunities for employment, improving mental health services and providing interventions for alcohol and drug addiction.
The ‘Nasty Party’ Councillor said that he had spoken to people who claimed that they would not visit Bradford city centre due to the number of drinkers and beggars.