Lesson: You have to look for them – but the numbers are there. The unemployment rate – the one which the government states is ‘official’ – is 9.6%; you can safely double that if you’re looking for the truth. Homeless? The government owns-up to 500,000, which has been their stock answer for at least two decades now. I know the figure is much higher – and the National Council for the Homeless estimates anywhere from two to five million. Real statistics are hard to come by. Homeless people don’t talk to authorities – it usually means losing what little they’ve been able to scrounge for a campsite.
We’re outnumbered, though.