United Kingdom

Jake Johnson, staff writer
"In Britain, the poor don't need to win the lottery to afford medical care."
Common Dreams staff
"Figures this week showed homelessness has risen for the seventh year running...
Jake Johnson, staff writer
British activists vowed to ensure that the U.S. president's demand goes unmet...


A supermarket giant in the U.K. has removed metal spikes outside stores to deter rough sleepers and other "anti-social" elements after people protested that the latest in "defensive urban architecture" treats the homeless as pigeons, rats or other unwashed, unwanted, shoo-go-away vermin. Left Unity argues there are 700,000 empty homes in the country, and no good reasons for anyone to be homeless.