The Makings of a Homeless Teenager

The Makings of a Homeless Teenager

I’ve been meaning/wanting to write this for a while but keep talking myself out of it – I’m reasonably sure the catharsis of putting in the effort will either be beneficial or ruin me; we’ll see. I also don’t want it to seem self indulgent, it absolutely isn’t. That’s the caveat out of the way. Many times now I’ve spoken about my experience of being homeless, through this site, Slugger O’Toole, BBC and others. I’m always acutely aware how these tend to be reduced to a specific angle or a particular soundbite, I wanted to share a less filtered account. I became homeless because my mother and her partner drank instead of paying rent; it’s that simple really. A long, long time ago in a land kinda near here my mother and I moved to England to be with a guy she had met; seems reasonable enough. He seemed an OK kinda guy,  he had one of those Nokia Communicator phones, big and brick like but opened length ways and became like a palm pilot – he also had a laptop he let me play on, command & conquer was the only game… I was grand with that. We’d been on the south coast for about 3 years I think when we ran into difficulties, I would have been maybe 14. She had job after job (they never seemed to last long) working in most of the pubs in the area (it seemed that way anyway). Ending up in a basement flat in a village called Hassocks (we ended up here after being kicked out of our previous house...
Is this what could follow a Vote Leave victory for NI?

Is this what could follow a Vote Leave victory for NI?

In a world… that’s how dystopian future movies normally begin, but perhaps we’ll start with something a bit less melodramatic. Let’s first assume that in the EU Referendum, Vote Leave wins out and that sometime around 2018, the UK leaves the European Union and goes it alone. Explain to me by what measure and by what logic the following is unreasonable… PS, you’re going to need to permit some imagination of me, it’s ok though, we’ve been here before. This is of course just a thought experiment, just one voter in the referendum pondering what might be in the coming years… everyone has an angle and a prediction, statistically speaking it’s likely that somewhere out there, somebody is right, maybe this is it. 2023 Scotland, unhappy with its continued minimal influence into the wider UK political scene, holds a second referendum where Out wins. SNP leaders convinced the electorate that it was no longer right nor necessary to have Scottish laws decided upon by ‘foreign’ politicians who wouldn’t have to face the same consequences in Cambridge, Brighton & Guildford that they themselves faced in Dunfermline, Ayr & Stirling. The SNP and other Out campaigners successfully convince the electorate that Scotland gives more to the UK financially than it gets back. The Scottish unemployment rate being around 0.6/0.7% higher than the UK average leads to calls for English workers to stop commuting over the border and taking Scottish jobs from Scottish people. In just 5 years time, the replacement for Trident is due to commence service and an overwhelming majority of Scottish citizens expressed their support that they do not...