One of the most depressing and irresponsible stories to appear in the press this week is the claim by police in England that many of the beggars on the streets there are totting up an equivalent of £73,000 per annum tax free.
They also state that some beggars work full-time in good office jobs and are simply supplementing their wages with hand-outs offered by naïve passers-by.
What nonsense. I’m sure that those thousands of genuinely poverty-stricken and homeless folk who live a hand-to-mouth existence will be astounded to hear how well-off they’re supposed to be.
And I’m certain that worthwhile charities such as the Simon Community, who have spent years attempting to change our attitude to the homeless, will be shaking their heads in disbelief too.