Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Passing by

What is your policy on begging? I recall there was a debate running in a Winchester paper about the current problems with begging on the High Street. Someone wrote in and pointed out the problem with street begging in Winchester dated back to at least 1430...

Faced with a street beggar these days, there is doubt in most folks minds. Will the money go straight on drugs or drink? I am sure it will in some cases, but what if this is a genuine case of falling on hard times.

Pictured: This weekend, at Salisbury Cathedral.

I sometimes give street beggars money, but it is always an uncomfortable transaction. I don't feel either of us is improved by the experience. Maybe beggars should feel better about asking, and givers should feel better about giving...

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