In Stave One of A Christmas Carol (December 1843) charity collectors approach Scrooge:
"At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and Destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."
"Are there no prisons?" asked Scrooge.
"Plenty of prisons," said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.
"And the Union workhouses?" demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in operation?"
"They are. Still," returned the gentleman, "I wish I could say they were not."
"The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?" said Scrooge. [Stave 1: 50-51]
|Wendy Myfanwy Congreve||Welsh Liberal Democrats / Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru||1874||14%||Elected|
|Kathryn Francis Kelloway||Welsh Conservative Party Candidate / Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru||1852||14%||Elected|
|Bablin Molik||Welsh Liberal Democrats / Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru||1769||13%||Elected|
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|Lee Grant Gonzalez||Welsh Conservative Party Candidate / Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru||1733||13%||Not elected|
|Jayne Alice Lutwyche||Welsh Liberal Democrats / Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru||1727||13%||Not elected|
|Ian Charles Bounds||Welsh Labour / Llafur Cymru||996||7%||Not elected|
|Alvin Kin Bing Shum||Welsh Labour / Llafur Cymru||757||6%||Not elected|
|Louise Thomas||Welsh Labour / Llafur Cymru||710||5%||Not elected|
|Timothy Aaron Jones||Wales Green Party / Plaid Werdd Cymru||415||3%||Not elected|
"I stand by what I said - I want to raise awareness of such an important issue.
"There's no denying there's a problem, I'm glad what I said has raised so much awareness and is a platform for people to discuss."
But even her Conservarive colleagues seem to be appealed by her publicity stunt.
"In light of recent comments on social media, Cllr Kathryn Kelloway has been suspended from Cardiff's Conservative Group. No further comments will be made at this time."Wales Online reports that
The decision also comes after Cllr Kelloway attacked Twitter critics in a further statement by describing them as "virtue signallers" who don't represent public opinion.
"I have long wanted to raise awareness that there are enough spaces in Cardiff’s hostels, where homeless people receive fantastic support from the council and partnered charities. I have many times asked the council executive to do more to make the public aware of this and dispel the myth that rough sleepers have nowhere to go. I’m glad that my tweet has gone some way to achieving this.“The most important thing is that homeless people are in warm, safe accommodation where they can receive support, rather than on the street where they are at risk. A permissive attitude to tents will not help toward this goal."Twitter is not representative of the public. It is disproportionately used by political activists who are happy to misrepresent the views of others in order to signal their virtue and justify their hatred of opponents."
Responding to Cllr Kelloway, Cardiff council's Labour leader Huw Thomas described her comments as "awfully judged".
"An awfully judged tweet.
"Of course no one wants tents in our city centre, but we have to act sensitively, and support people into accommodation with help for their underlying needs. Small wonder homelessness is soaring under this Tory Gov, if 'tearing down tents' is their mindset."
You make me sick. I have friends who live in tents there and the circumstances that brought them there and keeping them there are terrible."