June 9th, 2014

New Spikes Forced Man from Sheltering Outside Labour HQ

A reader recently wrote:

“There is a homeless man who for some time has pitched his night time cardboard box on a pedestrian slope near St James’s station, hard against a building for warmth. He is harmless. He has a wonderful, well-tempered dog who sleeps against him for warmth. People (including me) drop a few coins by him in the morning to give him a chance of a warm drink. Recently, new stones have been laid along the base of the building, down the slope. They are in a wave pattern and their only purpose seems to have been to move on the homeless man and his dog (who now simply sleep round the corner)”

The building is One Brewer’s Green – the home of the Labour Party.

Today there is outrage that at a building in Southwark is using similar prevention techniques. The Mayor of London has called it “ugly, self defeating and stupid”, while Crisis say “we will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement. Instead we must deal with the causes.” Some food for thought for people who will have guilty consciences in Labour HQ…

UPDATE: A Labour spokesperson says:

“The Labour Party is a tenant at this address and does not have control over external alterations made by the building’s owner.”


  1. 1
    CharlieTheChump says:

    Labour have my vote!

  2. 2
    Spartacus says:

    what about the mul1m nationa1 front taking skool inspectorate to court?

  3. 3
    Morgan's Organ says:

    Labour’s Bedroom Tacks!

  4. 4
    ed milliband peoples representitive of somewhere up north i have to visit every now and again says:

    you will tackle it on the bit with spikes on though,they’re very good at keeping tramps away

  5. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    Gordon Brown coming and going from the building used to deter tramps

  6. 6

    Socialists don’t have guilty consciences. Everything they do is for The Cause, so cannot be bad.

  7. 7
    live in a fucking hostel you dopey hobo says:

    The tramp is deluded if he thinks he can screw any money out of the Labour Party, they’re massively in debt.

  8. 8
    nell says:

    So they don’t want the working classes and they don’t want the homeless so who do labour see as their core vote? I hope it’s not folks on benefits because IDS’s reforms are shrinking the number of those and the one’s who are left are unlikely to get out of bed to vote for anyone.

  9. 9
    UKIP are clowns says:

    I’m pretty sure Labour rent the building meaning it would be the landlord that put them there.

  10. 10
    Jimmy says:

    Shhh. Don’t spoil the story, which about how much righties care about the homeless.

  11. 11
    Why wasn't teh building simply built a foot wider in the first place? says:

    The space is useless for anything now, and harder to keep clean.

    Wouldn’t it have been cheaper and more polite simply to ask the man not to sleep there? I presume they were too cowardly simply to face him as a fellow human being and say that he was cluttering up their view and making them feel awkward about whether to drop him a coin.

    The ones who ordered the work done to remove him proably did drop him the odd coin with a fake smiling face whenever there was someone else to witness it.

  12. 12
    A Labour spokesmong says:

    Look, it’s got nothing to do with trying to send a message to the homeless i.e. Fuck right off.
    The truth of the matter is that we have been attracting the Fakir vote for some time and have decided that we need to encourage diversity.
    Labour is, of course, the Party for the “Down and Out”, just not outside our HQ.

  13. 13
    Why wasn't teh building simply built a foot wider in the first place? says:

    Nonsense. *If* it is rented, why would the landlord spend money if he hadn’t had a complaint from the tenant?
    I expect mummy and daddy bought your house, Jimmy, but as somone who has rented I can tell you it takes quite a push to get landlords to install anything even if (unliek this work) it is clearly necessary.

  14. 14
    Mr Bastard says:

    Tough on grime, tough on the causes of grime!

  15. 15
    Anonymous says:

    It’s ok when they do it.

  16. 16
    The Last Conservative in the Party says:

    IDS might be reducing the claimant count, but the fundamental fact of falling productivity with a benefit system geared to addressing the short fall in actual market earnings means the welfare bill will continue to grow.

    The Labour party just like the Conservative party only now bangs the tribal drum at election time. Neither have any sympathy with their original core vote. They just trot out the old mantra’s and so far they still work.

    First party to address the issue of falling productivity is the party to listen to, so far they are all silent.

  17. 17
    Neil Down says:

    Ethnic minorities mainly now. In the south they would have no seats without immigration.

  18. 18
    Axle Grease says:

    We don’t need the hobo vote: they are not on the electoral roll.
    Ed, push the message that we need more rooskie builders to come and live here to build houses for teh homeless.

  19. 19
    Bosun Higgx says:

    You wouldn’t like it if he kipped outside your housr.

  20. 20
    Vote UKIP/Labour to ensure England stays in the EU says:

    Fucking heartless champagne socialist vermin

  21. 21
    Socialists are full of shit says:

    A country stuffed with so many wealthy socialists and people still have to sleep rough?
    That is the story.
    I’m sure you have a spare room Jimmy how about taking someone in?
    Set an example to your mates on the dinner party circuit.

  22. 22
    Ed Miliband says:

    I cannot be expected to concentrate on fighting inequality, Guido, if the stench of a piss soaked alcoholic and his mangy canine is wafting in my window.

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    The Labour Party based at Brewers Droop. Sounds about right.

  24. 24
    Yankee go home says:

    The “hobo” didn’t write the article. He simply moved

  25. 25
    nell says:

    I don’t think labour is having too much success with the e t h n i c vote – look at
    t o w e r h a m l e t s .

  26. 26
    Chuka Umunna says:

    Oh please. The homeless are not even D list. I refuse to mingle with people who won’t even make an effort and dress to impress. I offered one the address of my favourite designer fashion boutique but he just stared at me.

  27. 27
    Maimed Codger says:

    One can be Socialist or Communist, until it affects one personally…

  28. 28
    Bosun Higgs says:

    Those humpy-bumps must be bugger to keep clean and free of litter.

  29. 29
    Anon. says:


  30. 30
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    I’m a “righty” Jimmy. I spent the weekend before last volunteering with Veterans Aid helping homeless ex-service personnel. Almost everyone at my RBL is a “righty” and they are always out collecting for charity. Most of the volunteers I’ve ever met have been “rightys.” Most of the twunts in management of many charities I’ve ever met have been wet as P!ss hypocritical lefties who talk a good game but do fcuk all apart from draw a wage.

    WTF have you ever done you useless pile of lefty wa,nk?

  31. 31
    Polly Toynbee says:

    So true. I find I need to be sat on the terrace of a lovely Italian villa with a fine white wine in my hand, a Verdi opera on my Bose sound system and the smell of the Tuscan spring in the air before I can write about poverty.

  32. 32

    Labour’s stones are more visually appealing than the spikes solution – but have Miliband’s taken a muscular stance against the homeless?

    Labour’s reworking of the Second World War tank trap, “Dragon’s Teeth” is an interesting development in the war against the homeless. In their original form, Dragon’s Teeth were designed to channel tanks towards killing zones.

    Whilst it is difficult to conceive that Labour are seeking a “final solution” to elimate the homeless from our streets, it seems more probable that instead they have sought to use Dragons Teeth to channel the homeless towards food banks.

    We’ll done Labour. A novel solution to a difficult social problem.

  33. 33
    Pleb says:

    I’ve never been homeless, Jimmy, but I’ve spent quite a few nights out of doors to save on a hotel, and I’ve spent 18 months sleeping on the living room floor of a friend’s flat. Full time working and unable to justify the cost of renting my own place. House prices and rents rocketed under Labour while Blair and co opened the borders and expanded their property portfoliso. Conservatives doing the same.
    Your snide remarks about “righties” are true when it comes to their politicians, but is an abject and cowardly refusal to look at what you as a labour campaigner are responsible for.

  34. 34
    Neil Down says:

    Well then surely the always ethically sound Labour party will be moving out forthwith…

  35. 35
    The Last Conservative in the Party says:

    Indeed, but even more so the silence of all three main parties on how to produce real single digit growth (not some bullshit fraction) and address key bottlenecks in the economy. None of them can resit the temptation of creating asset bubbles based on easy money under written by the tax payer. None of them have a clue on what kind of state is needed to create opportunity, real social molbility and wealth. They all hope that the ‘boom’ years of 1997-2008 will come back and they will have do f_ck all for it to happen. A ‘boom’ in low/no skill jobs subsidised by the tax payer and then given to EU economic migrants is not really a plan.

    We really do need another Winston or Margaret, but alas no sign yet.

  36. 36
    Miliband's Personal Grocery Shopper! says:

    to me, highlights the sheer hypocrisy of this god-awful man and his increasingly unpleasant shadow regime. Do not let this complete fuckwit into downing street.Nothing to with the spikes at all as I think more the merrier. Homeless people are an infernal expensive nuisance. Nothing wrong with workhouses in my view. Abolish welfare state altogether. No, what gets me is Milibollocks and cos piousness and humanitarian preaching on social help etc when really they know they despise the poor much as we do. Difference is they need and rely on votes of the dishonest and lazy. Tories don’t pretend or want these votes!

  37. 37
    Pleb says:

    Talking of which, looking at the limited figures available, it seems Shelter spend 40% of their cash on “fundraising” and most of the rest on campaigning. Advice lines useful but paid for by local councils, I think.
    I get chugged a lot for them. Anyone have experience I why I should / should not give?

  38. 38

    Labour are working towards a final solution. Stafford NHS and the Liverpool Path are trial runs.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    The wave pattern paving next to the glazing is required for DDA Part M Building Regulations to warn blind people that the access ramp they are on ends at that edge so they dont walk into columns and open windows etc… It has zilch to do with the headline in the article about moving on homeless people.

  40. 40
    Pleb says:

    When the (so far, hypothetical) landlord arranged with them to have access and/or gave notificatiojn of the work to be done, they could have said “no thanks” — but it would have been odd to say no if they has insisted on it.

  41. 41
    jgm2 says:

    Riiiiight. I though that was what their dog or their white stick was for.

    Time for somebody to buy the chap a big thick piece of memory foam.

  42. 42
    Michael Gove says:

    Actually I put those there
    there. Just a little something I’m planning for Theresa May’s head.

  43. 43
    The entire London establishment says:


  44. 44
    Maimed Codger says:

    His only friend, a loving and loyal Dog and the Socialists want to tax Pets because they are Bourgeois. Vote UKIP because they Love Animals

  45. 45
    The Solution says:

    Shove a mattress over the spikes..Job Solved…

  46. 46
    Diversity Bedding Company says:

    We approve Fakir bedding its the way forward….

  47. 47
    jgm2 says:

    Or Ed Ball’s brain. Although they might be unnecessarily high.

  48. 48
    Alex the Poorer says:

    can someone in London please leave a wooden board there at night, the guy can lay on it, block off the gaps around it with rags or paper, the air it traps will help keep the cold from conducting. The best thing will be the poke in the Labour shitheads eye

  49. 49
    Pleb says:

    If I diodn’t want him outside “my” house I’d ask him to move, not have knobbly concrete installed. Besides he’s outside a workplace. If he slept on our work property he’d be asked to move I expect. People can communicate. Political types cannot deal with real people.

  50. 50
    Ed Milliband says:

    Yeth, but once we’ve got back in, we’ll thowoughly enwich hundwedth of new conthtituenthies.

  51. 51
    Pleb says:

    Ha Ha! The rebuttal unit ourt out immediately. Note his tweet does not refer to the lablour spikes.
    The thing is, we know Tory politicians are not much better than Labour ones. Slagging off the tories does not make labout less disgusting.

    Besides in the tories’ defence, anyone sleeping on that area would block the door. Outside the Labour HQ the tramp wasn’t blocking the path.

  52. 52
    domino says:

    If Teflon Blair can spike Chilcott anything else is fair game.

  53. 53
    The Culture Show says:

    Labour’s architectural trampcrippling solution may be mroe visually appealing to devotees of brutalist concrete (and who isn’t?) But the tory HQ art installation is more pleasing to those of the minimalist aesthetic. It is also easier to clean, but who cares about that — besides Tories are phillistines, so we go with the concrete!

  54. 54
    NE Frontiersman says:

    A quiet rethink is going on. I recently overheard an ambitious councillor talking about our new ‘pub protection’ planning policy, which has been used to block one change of use already.
    There is usually only one social group who come forward with plans for alternative community uses for a former boozer.
    The wife of a former leader was recently seen petitioning against the conversion of a different pub to a mosque.
    These people have been spending years unable to utter a sentence that did not contain the words Celebrate and Diversity -unless they were trying to become MPs elsewhere in the country, when their concerns suddenly became the same as UKIP’s.

    Well, Hoc Voluerunt, as Caesar said about the Pompeian corpses at Pharsalus.

    Vortigern had his disappointments too.

  55. 55
  56. 56
    An urgent appeal says:

    Excuse me, if I may, I am Billy Bragg and if anyone wants to contact that poor homeless man, I’ll put him up in my house for as long as he needs.
    I have a load of spare rooms and its the right thing to do

  57. 57
    An urgent appeal says:

    Excuse me, if I may, I am Mr William Bragg and if anyone wants to contact that poor homeless man, I’ll put him up in my house for as long as he needs.
    I have a load of spare rooms and its the right thing to do

  58. 58
  59. 59
    Will says:

    Why not direct the homeless towards the guardian headquarters so they can all sleep outside. I am sure the guardian won’t mind at all !!!

    Does the guardian bw have these type of detterant outside its headquarters ???

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Same experience in a Students Union many years ago. Labour Club lefties on every charity committee they could manage as their policy was to fill every union committee with their useless placemen in order to control everything they could but they never appeared when there was actual work to be done despite always loudly claiming they would and berating others for not participating.

  61. 61
    Morgan's Organ says:

    Can they confirm no observations or requests were discussed with the buldings owner

  62. 62
    inside out says:

    They are put there so your bedding doesn’t get wet when it rains.

  63. 63
    cured lefty says:

    Unless I have missed it the bold Jimmy never hangs around to offer a rebuttal to a “righties “critique maybe I just missed it ……….

  64. 64
    Bob cuntface Crow says:

    Yeah, you could be like Larry David when he took in that family of enrichers.

  65. 65
    Bob cuntface Crow says:

    Like this.

  66. 66
    Bob cuntface Crow says:

    I did the same mate,couldnt even afford cheap hostals in London even though was working full time so I brought 25 pound pop up tent and lived in that for 5 months,washing each morning in Victoria.Fuck em all,lefties know shit.

  67. 67
    Bob cuntface Crow says:

    The Guardian is familiar with wet beds.

  68. 68
    Bob cuntface Crow says:

    Where is Erik Joyce going to sleep now?

  69. 69
    carroccio1958 says:

    SWISS ( but only financially ) TONY SAYS

    Tough on pavement studs

    Tough on the causes of pavement studs !

  70. 70
    nick says:

    The D-Day activities in France showed Milliband and Labour their exact positions in the social structure. Milliband stood there for over and hour and NO ONE spoke to him or acknowledged his presence. He was totally sidelined. As is he and Labour in the UK.” Sideline Ed” and his group of tossers called the Labour front bench!!!

  71. 71
    Spike Milligan says:

    I like the idea.

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    Often with rough sleepers, they are dependant on drink or drugs and will leave evidence of this by discarding needles or beer cans. Also, they won’t travel to far to relieve themselves of urine and faeces.

    For those who feel strongly about these people having a place to sleep, may I suggest you offer your couch or your porch to your house. I’m sure it will be most welcome!

  73. 73
    Up yours Herman says:

    Labours new solution of getting homeless off the streets, remove all their shelter so the poor bastards freeze to death

  74. 74

    So what, do the lefties think it ‘s desirable to come down in the morning and step into a stinking pile of gyppo shit?

  75. 75
    Yorkshireman #3 says:

    Tent? You were looky to ‘ave tent.

  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    “Spikes Forced Man from Sheltering Outside Labour HQ”
    Spikes in interest rate soon likely to dispossess a great many more?

  77. 77
    Bonar Law says:

    No, Guido, NOT “A Labour Party spokesperson says …” Politically correct poppycock. “A Labour party spokesman says” is the grammatically correct generic term.

  78. 78
    Bomber Harris says:

    This tramp wont need to worry about finding a place to sleep if the hard left get full control of this country, because he will be euthanised by the state .

  79. 79
    Retired Waster says:

    Yes, I think it’s amazing that Pathetic Miliband’s handlers made him eat a bacon sandwich in public. Muzzies must be dusting off their placard saying”Death to All Juice”.

    He is like a colonial white missionary trying to understand the unfathomably primitive Fuzzy Wuzzy English voters.

  80. 80
    Joseph Starling says:

    No! No! Tim. Say what you mean.

  81. 81
    Rise, England, Rise! says:

    Very good point. Always claiming the right to speak for the voiceless English. Long on opinion short on fact.

  82. 82
    Traveling Man says:

    But how convenient is Labour’s letter box?

  83. 83
    Labour & The Left says:

    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.
    Do as I say, not as I do.

  84. 84
    RichUpNorth says:

    A homeless fakir could find those spikes rather comfy.

  85. 85
    a Hitler says:

    The Middle East need a neutron bomb strike as soon as possible.

  86. 86
    a Hitler says:


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