£2m on another royal wedding, yet people are still homeless in Windsor

Wedding front page saying 'Clear Off'
Fréa Lockley

Homeless people have reportedly been targeted in an attempt to ‘clean the streets’ ahead of the wedding of a very minor royal. It’s the second time in only five months that homeless people in Windsor have been targeted. And yet the £2m cost of security for the ‘big’ day would at least start to tackle the rising UK homeless crisis.

‘Clear off’

The Mirror reported that homeless people in Windsor have been told to move. One homeless man called James said:

They are saying… we’ve got to not be around when it’s taking place.

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Basically, they want the streets clear. It’s as if they want to make it look like there aren’t any homeless people in Windsor.

In January, councillor Simon Dudley suggested that police should completely remove homeless people in Windsor for Prince Harry’s wedding. Although this didn’t happen, homeless people were forced to hand in their few possessions. Five months later, here we are again. This time, for Princess Eugenie’s wedding.

Eugenie performs no public duties. But taxpayers will pay an estimated £2m for security, and £250k for the ‘clean up’.

The Mirror shared this story on the eve of World Homeless Day, and many people shared their outrage:

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…

Windsor council has since denied these allegations. It insisted they’d advised ‘vulnerable’ people to “move to other locations within the town centre”.

But this denial simply hides the bigger picture of the UK’s homeless crisis. Since 2010, the number of people sleeping rough in the UK has risen 169%. And in just 12 months, “at least 449” homeless people died.

Windsor has a Tory-led council, and since the last royal wedding, nothing has changed. In fact, many in the Mirror story seem to be the same people who were homeless five months ago:

And £2m to fund a minor royal in austerity-ravaged Britain is an insult:

This wedding exemplifies everything that is wrong with this country under the Tories and an outdated, overprivileged monarchy. It’s time for change and time for a revolution.

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