Meeting John Bird made me think. Has made me think alot but I don't have time for all of it today. The big thing it made me think of though is this:
Years and years ago John Bird wished to help homeless people get work
I am a little different in that I want to get homeless people a home.
I became very conscious this weekend, that I have all the qualifications to be a Big Issue Vendor.
I am statutorily homeless. I am on state benefits.
Sorry reader but I find that so depressing. I can't do that job. I don't think I could stand out there day after day, rain, shine, snow, blizzard at risk of being mugged for my takings, spat at, kicked at, jeered and leered at.
I think I've known that since the early 90's when I asked the Big Issue for work experience on their magazine.
It takes a very special person to do the job these vendors are doing.
I've said I couldn't do it. Could you?