I've kept nearly everything he (his son, Eddie) left behind after he died. For a while, these sat in his room which, for a while, I left almost as it was. … Sometimes I went in. Sometimes other people did. I would sit on the bed, and look at Eddie's things, usually without handling them: hockey sticks, broken bags and holdalls, medals, books, his school work, his sax, his didgeridoo, his notebooks.Yes, and as it’s your house, you can do as you please.
Lucky me, I had the luxury of being able to preserve the room for as long as I wanted.It’s not ‘a luxury’ – it’s simply the ability to enjoy your own property. Why else did you buy it, if not for the ability to do as you want with it?
Under government plans, a bereaved family will become eligible for the bedroom tax after three months – an incentive to clear out the room, to get rid of the kinds of things I was able to keep. It's more of the same: with poverty there often comes a disruption of place.Sorry, but this is not going to hit every bereaved family, but only a subset of them – it’s going to hit only those on housing benefit.
And why? Because they don’t own their housing. They are dependent on the State for it. It’s as simple and as bald as that. He who pays the piper sets the tune.
With the proposal about the bedrooms of those who've died, they are cutting quality of life. Rich people are using the power they have to force poor people to do things that they, the rich, never would or could force on themselves.Well, yes. That’s why we should be encouraging people to strive not to be poor. Because if you are, you have fewer choices. In everything.