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The Continental Breakfast

25 Feb

The Continental Breakfast

Autumn chill getting into old bones!

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in World

 

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5 responses to “The Continental Breakfast

  1. Perpetua

    February 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Chrissie, there is no way on earth you should have to be living like this in Western Europe! Grrrr!!!

     
    • hobosinfrance

      February 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Bless you, Kathy, we thought the same until the reality hit us. Like most people, we have always known about the existence of ‘the homeless’, but, also like many or most, we thought they had all made themselves homeless by some default or other. How wrong we have been. How gullible we have been, we listened to consensus! During the past 4+ years, we have met a lot of homeless folks here in France – French, British, German, Dutch, a young Australian couple, many of them in Clermont-Ferrand! They all once had homes somewhere in France, but they lost their homes through unfair Court judgements and can’t afford to take it further – turned down for legal aid! That’s why we filed at the ECHR so early, we knew we wouldn’t stand a chance of getting legal aid without a higher Court knowing about our Case! We were proved to be right about that! We learned harsh facts through the people we met who live on the streets of French towns and cities, and in the forests! We have only seen the tip of the iceberg – and we know that iceberg sits on top of all the EU States, including the UK. Men, women, children, there is no discrimination! Warmest regards, Chrissie

       
      • Perpetua

        February 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

        I couldn’t agree more, Chrissie. I don’t think anyone should be left homeless in a civilised society.

         
  2. fly in the web

    February 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This is the underbelly of our ‘property owning democracy’.
    There is no proportionality between the person being victimised and the entity doing the victimisation, whether bank, other financial institution – or a well placed local notable.

     
    • hobosinfrance

      February 26, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Yes, I think that’s a good description, ie “the underbelly…”. The principle of proportionality is supposed to ensure fairness, based on aims being appropriate, necessary and reasonable. But, as you say, there is no proportionality between the victim and the bully! Yet, each EU community is supposed to ensure compliance with the principle of proportionality! I read so much about human rights, including the Articles and Protocols in full, when I was putting together our application for the ECHR. I knew that most if not all of the homeless people we had met, up to that point, would not have been able to achieve that. In all honesty, I seriously doubted my own ability. I was quite shocked when our application was accepted, and even more shocked when we received a Case Ref number several weeks later. Warmest regards, Chrissie

       

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