reliable friends and vendors who are now, each
So in memory, and speaking on behalf, of Pete,
Mr. Bird. I’m sorry if this article is a little heavy,
but it’s made so by the leadened bricks of irony you’ve
littered throughout. Yes, ironically, without the brazenly
dressed, beer swigging students, the posh g its who can’t
write proper, the violent, uncultured working class,
many of whom buy the Big Issue. Without the homeless
drug addicts, the alcoholics, the feckless, the scumbags
and the most unreliable workforce on God’s earth who
sell it. Without the charities who often pay good dollar to
advertise in it. Without the soup runs, agencies, churches
and charities such as Shelter, Crisis and the Salvation
Army who support, house, feed and often repair the
homeless, in many instances, ensuring vendors are still
capable of standing on the streets to sell your magazine.
Without each of these, the Big Issue wouldn’t survive!
And the biggest irony for me is, if the welfare state; the
benefits system, you are so, so derisory of, were to shut
up shop first thing tomorrow morning, The Big Issue Co.
Ltd. and you too Mr Bird, would be no more than five
minutes behind it! Yes, on behalf of my dear, dead
A. John Bird's Nude Sketch That Fetched
John Bird on soup runs:
“Soup runs keep people ON the streets
What the hell are you thinking of John?
Having had a suck at rough sleeping yourself,
you know full well that this has always been a
sworn secret, sacrosanct amongst the homeless
community; an enigma that academia has
and told the whole world and it’s blinkin’ dog!
Talk about whistle-blowing. What you’ve done
Banksy’s true identity to the Daily Mail for a few
“We need to stop our conscience-salving donations
“The Big Issue is not a charity, it’s a business ...
Response from Jamie McCoy ... I spent 30 years on
charity provided a hostel and then a permanent
is to fund prevention of our drug culture, not saying
Tim, 32. Homeless, He remembers COC (Crisis
people are, it reminds me what life could be like.”
John Bird on the welfare state:
“It exists because you could never trust the
The Big Issue UK Headquarters at London's Vauxhall.
John Bird on entrepreneurism:
“... for some people who start selling the Big Issue,
that there’s always plusses and minuses ... one guy
time causing himself ‘grief’, then sold the Big Issue.
The thing about the Big Issue is, it’s an opportunity
representative for the homeless community, as a ‘long-
These two articles (have also) been written because
“I have always had a belief in myself. It is almost
delusional-as though I had been sent here to save