If you have a blog then you’ve probably got access to a host of usage statistics for your site, information on links to and from your blog, and the search terms that people used to lead them to your words of wisdom.
I’ve just noticed that someone found their way to this blog today by entering the following search terms:
losing home waiting for social security
That brought me up short. It was truly affecting. A clear sign of the times.
One can only speculate on the combination of circumstances, the concatenation of events, that placed someone in such a precarious position. And on the absence of accessible local help that led someone to search the web for assistance on such a serious matter.
I may well write about housing and housing policy – as I have recently here and here – but I feel distinctly inadequate in being completely unable to offer anything sensible to assist someone with such a pressing and enormously important problem.
In the cut and thrust of the political process insults and accusations are traded, alongside clashes over the mind-bogglingly huge numbers for government spending and cuts in welfare and state assistance. The criticism has been levelled at the Coalition that it is a cabinet of millionaires who can have no real empathy or insight into the impact of the policies it is inflicting upon the British population. That may or may not be a fair accusation. But it is certainly vital that we never forget that these debates are not an abstract game for the entertainment of the political classes.
Decisions taken in Westminster can have profound implications for every member of society. And, unless great care is taken, devastating implications for the poorest.