Criminal. By Uncle Monty.

So How Did John Bird Enter The
US With A Criminal Record?
By Uncle Monty.
Photos & Graphics
By Alex Albion.
As far as I know, any foreigner with a criminal record
is barred from entering the US. Yet John Bird has
pranced around there even with his known and
self-admitted criminal record. So, how was that so?
Did the then US Immigration & Naturalization
Service (INS) in the 90’s not know or did they
make an exception for his criminal background?
Off he went to Los Angeles as free as a bird it seems
without fear of being stopped or questioned due to
his convictions and terms of imprisonment in the
UK. Then this June he was set to go to New Orleans
and again no questions were presumably asked
about his past UK court convictions by the
Homeland Security Department (HSD) that is
now in charge of immigration enforcement.

I know pre-Katrina New Orleans well after having lived there for almost 13 years. Whatever, nobody raised the question in Los Angeles of Bird’s criminal record at the time of the fight and opposition to his calculated and undesirable invasion of his magazine – The Big Issue. Had they done so, I suspect US immigration agents would have soon been knocking on the door of his LA “penthouse” no doubt. Such would also have finished off much sooner any attempt to put other local street papers out of business since Bird would have either been arrested for possible immigration offenses or ordered to appear before a US Immigratuion judge to determine if he was a deportable alien or not. Such would have been based on the question of his criminal convictions in the UK. Such never happened as far as I know when it should have happened, unless he had been granted exception by the US Embassy in London before he landed in the US to throw a big monkey wrench into the street paper industry and to try to destroy its local foundation and local readership so that he could have his "Big Issue America" all over the place. John Bird instead got his ass kicked pretty good, especially in L.A.

(Since I am meeting with legal counsel this morning, I
shall return to complete my latest story about The Big
Issue's John Bird sometime either late Sunday night or
early Monday morning since I'm also off to Ireland to
visit Dublin for much of the weekend.)
Truly, Uncle Monty.
+Feria, 2010.
The Big Issue of By Gone Days. ::
On his US visa application, did John Bird state he was
a convicted British felon or not? If he didn’t, then he
violated US law. If he did declare his criminal record,
did he have to provide a bond or surety to enter the US?
If so, how much did he have to pay for such a bond?
Was it $10,000 or $50,000 or $100,000 or what? Who
paid for that? Those who donated money to The Big Issue?
Or was it The Big Issue itself or himself or his then very
liberal money benefactors like Gordon and Anita Roddick
of The Body Shop? And, who gave personal character
references for Bird to be granted a US visa? And for
him to then roll the dice inside the US and to trample
on and shove aside the local street papers so that The
Big Issue of his could corner the market and make
huge corporate profits off the backs and plight of
the American homeless.
He and his business partner Nigel Kershaw entered
the US, I suspect, under a Business Visa or H-1B status
as it was then and still is. Though since 9/11 there has
been enormous changes regarding US immigration
rules and regulations. But one thing is still certain –
any foreigner with a criminal record is still barred
from entering the US. So how did Bird do it?
I for one would like to know. Wouldn’t U?
The other day, John Bird did do his pontifically
thing at The City Hall debate on the future of London,
reports Peter Bill. Bird declared: "I am not a great
one for social housing. We need to look at the private
rent sector." So he should, being yet another one of
those UK Champagne Socialists who cares more
about money than for the plight of today's home-
less of which he is portrayed as the "grand guru"
on British homelessness. Such is absolute BS.
A one-legged homeless Congo immigrant in
London knows more about real homelessness
than all of Bird's big bunk and dreadful drivel.
And, so say all of us! Except, his little turd
brother the sod Peter Bird ... who believes
every stupid word of his big bloated brother.
Right, Pete? Yeeeeeeeeeeeep! Damn U!
If You Want To Hear A Foul-Mouth Git,
Then The Big Issue's staffer Steve Farrell
Wood is your best and cheapest bet ...

James Caan, 49, the Muslim multimillionaire and Chairman of The Big Issue Foundation and a buddy, buddy, of John Bird, "attempted to justify offering 100,000 Pakistani rupees – about £745 – for baby Sara, who was born in the aftermath of the devastating floods that engulfed the country," reports The Daily Mail. What a low scumbag is James Caan to even think of making such an offer for a baby in his native Parkistan? Last time I wrote about Caan, earlier this year, he was said to be worth around £70 million. Since then, however, the latest figure as jumped to £130 million. Some Daily Mail readers even got abit confused claiming incorrectly that James Caan, a so-called "liberal Muslim," was worth $130 Billion. He donates to Muslim Hand, Islamic Fund, Mosaic, and other charities at home and abroad. No doubt, The Big Issue Foundation also gets huddles of money from him and that's why he was first made Chairman of the Foundation by Bird. In my next story on Anita Roddick called "Damn The Dead Dame," I'll also include a photo of baby Sara with Caan standing right there offering money to buy baby Sara!! What a scumbag he really is!!

To James Cann: Life Is Full of Criminals. By Uncle Monty. http://thebiggerissueorg.blogspot.com/2010/04/to-james-caan-life-is-full-of-criminals.html

Anita Roddick: Damn The Dead Dame.
Coming Soon By Uncle Monty.


Cyberstakers Face Jail. By Fred Attewill. (Such is a parable for the evil Colorado cunt and son of the above man. Attewill's report on cyberstalking and the British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reveals steps to crackdown on such venom as the "anonymous" scumbag like the Loveland poisonous stalker against me that he's been criminally stalking for more than 12 years now and he's still getting away with it each and every day. He calls himself the "Most Reverend" when in fact he is the "Most Revolting" bogus cleric in America. I shall also have more to reveal in "The Falcon Connection" regarding the bogus Arthur Simmons of "InTrust Domains," - an internet scam - which uses a US post office box at Colorado Springs at where the Loveland cunt is also a familiar figure at the same city's post office. With Google Street View, it is my hope I can finally watch the cunt come and go from thousands of miles away. I also hope to get some updated images of the scumbag that he is! Your's, UM)

I am pleased the meeting with legal counsel Friday was most productive! Also, my weekend trip to Ireland at Dublin was worth it. Of course, Ireland is in big economic straits right now much like is the UK. Its been boom and bust in Eire since I was last on the West coast of Ireland writing my story about the Letterfrack Industrial School run by the then wicked and cruel Christian Brothers! The fall out from Letterfrack has impacted on the whole of the Irish Catholic Church heirarchy and its standing and credibility has been severely tarnished at the revelations of what the Irish clergy did to those boys and girls put in their demonic care for years and years. All tyrants and persecutors are sooner or later exposed for what they are, including that evil guy at Loveland, Colorado. They always think they are above the law, too, and go on doing what they do to others until the day of reckoning most surely comes. God damn such cunts!!

G'day to u, Uncle Monty. +Crispin, Martyr (BCP), 2010.

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Smart Ass. By Terry Messman.

How America Kicked Ass of Smart Ass John Bird.
By Terry Messman in the US.
Edited & Comments
By Uncle Monty in the UK.
Part-2 of 2.
At the Seattle, USA, founding convention of the
North America Street Newspaper Association
Big Issue representative Ruth Turner told the assembled
street paper editors of “The Big Secret of Big Business.”
"There is so much money, money, money available from
advertising," Turner said with great relish. "It's money for
nothing." It was a revealing self-portrait of an acquisitive
corporation ruled by the profit motives of Big Business.
For although The Big Issue (in the UK) is sold by
homeless people, in truth it is a multinational corporation
that cultivates advertising more than it fosters activism.
As we saw in Los Angeles, it is more likely to emulate the
hostile take-over strategy of big corporations than to
demonstrate the kind of mutual support and solidarity
that must be the hallmarks of the homeless movement.
Founded and funded by the Body Shop corporation, The
Big Issue (in late 1990’s) launched a major bid to take over
the large "market" for street newspapers it perceives in Los
Angeles, arrogantly shouldering aside existing street
paper, “Making Change”, produced by the Jennafer (neé
Waggoner) Yellowhorse, a homeless woman and
dedicated nonviolent activist.

By Jennafer (neé Waggoner) Yellowhorse.
The Big Issue is charged by her with violating the Charter
of the International Network of Street Papers (INSP)
prohibits members from staging hostile or competi-
tive infringements on another street paper's territory.
She wrote to Big Issue Editor/Publisher John Bird: "Does
not your INSP Charter state a member will not invade
the established selling area of an existing charter member?
My paper is a member of NASNA. NASNA is a member
of the INSP. This means "Making Change" is an INSP
member whose territory you are violating. How can
we not see your moves and your motives as hostile?"
By ignoring its own INSP Charter, The Big Issue has
triggered deep resentment in some homeless
advocacy circles. NASNA's Executive Committee met
after Jennafer Yellowhorse’s strong stand and agreed
that it was "unanimously opposed to The Big Issue setting
up in Los Angeles." The NASNA body discussed ways of
"turning up the heat on the Big Issue," including "mobili-
zing allies in the global street paper movement to register
protest, arranging a picket of their London headquarters,
and registering complaints with their major funders." The
Executive Board of the National Coalition for the Homeless
also approved a resolution opposing The Big Issue's actions.
Robert Norse: A Dedicated and Fercious Foe of
The Big Issue Much Like Uncle Monty Now Is ...
The Big Issue Editor Bird wrote to NASNA that he was
"very disturbed" by its opposition to his Los Angeles
venture, and quickly reached for legal muscle to protect
his business interests. Bird wrote: "It would seem that
we have so outraged NASNA that we are now threatened
by you. I am not sure of the legality - or otherwise - of
your threats (to protest the Big Issue), but I shall cer-
tainly be taking legal advice as to whether you are
within the law to make such threats.
"Uh oh! Big Lawyers! Big Trouble! Big Legal Bills! Big
Business As Usual!. The fight between The Big Issue and
its small opponent is hardly a fair one. It is an unseemly
spectacle to have such a large, well-funded company run-
ning roughshod over a homeless woman who puts out a
grass-roots newspaper with next to no funding, no ad-
vertising, and no corporate deep pockets to draw on.
The Big Issue, on the other hand, is a multi-million-
dollar corporation founded and funded by The
Body Shop in London in 1991.
This is not the first time The Big Issue has tried to seize
the market in a U.S. city. It made similar unsettling moves
in San Francisco in 1994 and New York in 1997. Paul Boden,
director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, told
the London paper in no uncertain terms that he would con-
sider any attempt to set up a Big Issue clone in the Bay Area
an unacceptable attack on the Coalition's STREET SHEET.
In New York, the Big Issue was planning on driving the
"Street News" out of business, an especially cold-blooded
proposition considering that Bird acknowledges getting the
idea for his paper from the New York street paper.
An Ex-Big Issue Vendor Clasps Hands W/Uncle Monty.
NASNA Chair Tim Harris attended the General Assembly
of the International Network of Street Papers in London in
1996. In an article about the conference, Harris reported
the thinking behind the Big Issue's cravingto grab The
Big Apple." Bird claimed that New York's "Street News"
which has inspired The Big Issue and numerous other
papers since it began in 1989, is on the verge of complete
failure because the paper is 'unreadable.' The New York
paper has, in recent years, focused editorially on poverty
issues, but has been racked by internal difficulties. While
no formal announcement was made, several lower-level
Big Issue staff confirmed rumors that The Big Issue
plans to begin a competing paper in New York, probably
before the summer of 1997."
To my ears, this strategy sounds similar to a vulture
carefully keeping a death watch on the weakest animal
in the herd, but in the world ofventure capitalism such
behavior is all too often the norm. Gordon Roddick,
chairman of The Body Shop and co-founder of The Big
Issue, reportedly held talks with Bird about funding a
competing paper in New York in October, 1997, with
moves into Los Angeles and San Francisco to follow.
The New York attempt was thwarted, but the move
into LosAngeles, alas, proceeded. Because of these
repellent machinations, I personally will never again
buy anything from The Body Shop. I join "Street
Sheet" editor Paul Boden'scall for people to refuse on
principle to purchase The Big Issue. The paper and its
corporate backer must be held accountable for this
Machiavellian marketing strategy.

The Big Issue identified the largest market where they
perceived some weakness in an existing street paper,
and went after it in a nill-disguised takeover bid. New
York City was the largest market with a seemingly
weak paper. But the prediction of the impending demise
of the New York "Street News" was premature. The Big
Issue ran headlong into the steadfast fighting spirit of
"Street News" editor Indio Washington. The result?
"Street News" is still going strong, so Bird took the
traveling, colonizing roadshow to the West Coast, where
Los Angeles beckoned with the second largest media mar-
ket in the country, and only atiny street paper edited
by Jennafer Yellowhorse in the way. A push-over.
Coming Soon: Uncle Monty's "So How Did John Bird
Enter The US With A Criminal Record?" Good Question!
But Jennafer Yellowhorse is a dedicated activist who stands
up for the human rights of homeless people, and has been
arrested for her principled acts of civil disobedience, most
recently for occupying the vacant Flamingo Motel. Her
paper, “Making Change”, is born out of the struggles of
homeless people in Santa Monica and Los Angeles. The Big
Issue is born out of a London-based corporation's grandiose
ambitions to colonize new territories to further the expan-
sionist drive of a paper "empire." Yellowhorse’s paper,
and her entire activist life, is based on advancing the
human rights of homeless people and conducting the
kind of hard-hitting reporting on justice issues practiced
by most North American homeless advocacy papers.
The Big Issue, on the other hand, is a paper that, as Bird
himself wrote in a letter to NASNA , has "an editorial balance
of 20% social matters and 80% general interest." This means
that by his own estimate, The Big Issue consists dispro-
portionately of entertainment fluff, rock star bios and
celebrity coverage. Add in all the column inches devoted
to advertising, and a true picture emerges of where
The Big Issue's heart is - and isn't. They concocted their
"editorial balance" as shrewdly as they crafted their move
into Los Angeles. Infotainment sells, and bland editorial
content doesn't offend advertisers or challenge the public
with too much hard-hitting reporting about "difficult"
A Manipulative Big Issue Badged Vendor
Cajoles Celebrity To Give Him More of
What She's Already Given him ...
USA Today and People Magazine also feature entertain-
ment journalism and eschew outspoken political advocacy,
but they do not promote themselves as a street newspaper,
nor do they compete with grass-roots homeless papers, nor
try to knock them out of business. In his article about the
INSP conference, Harris reported that Bird said he was
committed to spreading his paper's model of "general interest
entertainment journalism and corporate support," and that
the major function of street newspapers is to be a "business."
"The Big Issue is not a homeless paper," Bird said. "It never
has and never will be. It is a paper sold by homeless people.
While we have a ghetto in the paper for the homeless called
'Streetlights,' we want to break people out of that." It is in-
sufferably demeaning for Bird to dismiss the one part of his
paper where homeless people express themselves as a
"ghetto" that they must break out of - presumably so they
can write about more commercial subjects such as Mad-
onna, Oasis, or people addicted to playing The Lottery.
There is an urgent need for the kind of passionate,
politically committed journalism practiced by "Making
Change" and many North American street papers. The
real threat posed by The Big Issue is that with its big
budget and big corporate backing, it will engulf and
devour smaller papers and replace their crusading re-
porting with its dumbed-down entertainment journal-
ism (and its 20% reporting on what Bird blandly
calls "social matters").
The most important goal of homeless newspapers is not
to attract more advertising revenue but to fearlessly
tell the truth about the injustices suffered by poor people
and to build a movement to safeguard basic human rights.
A street paper with a conscience must join in solidarity
struggles with the homeless community and promote
activist campaigns to win decent housing, jobs, welfare
entitlements, health care and disability rights. In his
letter to NASNA , Bird also wrote: "Many of your
members will no doubt see The Big Issue as a piece
of fluff, too slick by half. I would be very surprised
if it were different. Their vision of a street paper is
totally opposite to that of The Big Issue as it is
represented in its UK incarnation."
"A piece of fluff, too slick by half." Finally we can
agree on something. And don’t forget: THE BIG
- F I N I S -
John Bird's magazine was a revolutionary and profitable
antidote to homelessness. But an LA launch has gone awry,
there are problems in London and, a former editor argues,
even its founding aims are open to question.
By Joanne Mallabar.
TBI's Los Angeles launch has thrown up accusations that
the company is operating like some acquisitive multi-national.
"If it were just about selling a product, we could have vendors
out there shifting toothpaste or detergent," says Jennifer
Waggoner, of the LA-based street paper "Making Change."
"Which is more important: sales or social justice?" One
way forward would be for TBI to re-radicalise itself: get
to grips with lobbying and campaigning; uncover the
voices and trends in street culture before they appear in
print elsewhere. Surely TBI is about providing a voice for
all the people - not just the visibly disenfranchised - who
by choice or circumstance find themselves outside
mainstream society. Unless it changes, TBI's future may
be uncertain. John Bird's sheer force of will has held to-
gether an organisation full of contradictions. If it is to
survive beyond its founding father, then TBI must con-
sider radical alternatives, beginning perhaps with a
re-examination of its aims. No one ever said it would
be easy "helping the homeless to help themselves".
Joanne Mallabar is a former editor and acting
director of The Big Issue, where she worked
for five years from 1992.
John Bird Doesn't Give A Damn What
Folkz & Hard-Hitting Critics Think or
Say About Him. All He Does Is Run To
The Bank Laughing At Them Every Day ...
Pop Goes The Weasel. By Uncle Monty.
The Cork Street Open Exhibition refers to John
Bird as “Sir John Bird, Founder of the Big Issue,
Art Enthusiast & Artist” But Bird is NOT knighted
and hopefully never will be. Therefore, he should
not be referred to as “Sir John Bird.” True, he

holds the MBE medal, but that’s about it. The Cork
Street Open Exhibtion needs to correct such mis-
information regarding Bird’s non-existant British
knighthood. Elsewhere, he is also referred to as
“Dr. John Bird,” but I don’t know how he comes to
hold such a title. Curiously, no date of birth is
given at the online bio of the soon-to-be 65 year
old Bird come next year and who was born, we
are told, at London’s Notting Hill of poor Irish
parents in 1946 and in the same year as
Bill Clinton’s birth at Hope, Arkansas.
As for John Bird's attempted invasion of
America, I am curious as to why his opponents
there never raised the serious issue of how Bird
first entered the US with that criminal record of
his. Had they done so, they may well have brought
things to a faster close at an investigation by the
then US Immigration & Naturalization Service
(INS) against Bird himself. I'll shortly have a
piece of mine about that serious issue of Bird
entering the US with his British criminal record
that usually bars such foreigners from being
granted a US visa in the first place. More
about such coming soon ...
Plus, next "The Falcon Connection" is all about
Colorado's latest scam called "In Trust Domains"
under a bogus "Arthur Simmons," whose at the
same home territory as America's poisonous cunt
of Loveland. The cunt in question is the vicious
creep and ally of The Big Issue sods Peter & John
Bird. More about "Arthur" and "The Cunt" is on
the way ... Stay turned to read all about Falcon!!
Perhaps next the Feds will be knocking quietly
on someone's door for all we know. If they do,
I shall let you all know ... for sure. They're good
themselves at kicking ass, too, are those
FBI agents! Right, cunt? And, how about you,
Arthur? I hear you also hang around Colorado
Springs much like the cunt. Yep? U bet!
Gladly written, Uncle Monty.
+20th Sunday after Trinity, 2010.
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America. By Jennafer Yellowhorse.

How America Kicked Ass of Smart Ass John Bird.
By Jennafer Yellowhorse at Santa Monica, California.
Edited & Comments By Uncle Monty at Brussels, EU.
Part One of Two.
They came in and set up shop. Got an office right down
the street from us and everything. Ignored my calls, till
I started showing up on radio shows talking about them,
and physically at events. By "scars" I mean, (bad)
experiences with The Big Issue at Los Angeles.
The entire episode was quite destructive to any sense
of stability I had at the time. It really hurt our (street)
paper in the long run just expending the energy to get
them (John Bird and his sidekick and "yes man" Nigel
Kershaw) out of LA. There was really no one on our
side, except a handful of others. I liked Nigel, his
(business) partner. But they weren't interested
in being friends, lets say.
The Big Issue typically funds their start up papers quite
well. They refuse to fund homeless organized papers. They
might hire homeless as "face" staff. Like answering phones
for $5 an hour etc. But they have no intention of empowering
the homeless. I smacked INSP up the head a few days ago,
for using an idea I presented at a past NASNA conference -
http://www.nasna.org/ - which they eviscerated the part
of the idea that included assisting street
papers with grants or ads, etc.
(TBI would have) moved in if I didn't fight them. And
all it took was standing up. And I quickly saw how fickle
people are when the "big cheese" was around. I felt alone
in Los Angeles, if you can believe that. I would like to
think it was my words, or the concepts that I was promo-
ting that won over the LA/TBI battle. But I think it was
a picture of John Bird in the LA Weekly that made him
pull out. He didn't like how he was being portrayed.
The Big Issue: Jobs, Not Begging
December 30, 1998. By Beverly Beyette, LA Times.
The Big Issue's "Hatchet Woman"
= Icy Cold Samantha Woolock.
“The Big Issue did itself attempt some expansion into inter-
national markets, but with mixed success, and its attempt
to move into the US was perhaps the most controversial.
According to some critics, when the magazine first attempted
to establish itself in New York, it was perceived as competing
directly with the existing street paper, Street News, which
ironically, was the original inspiration for The Big Issue in the
UK. There was also a move to set up in San Francisco, which
again was unsuccessful, partly due to strong competition from
The San Francisco Street Sheet edited by Paul Boden, and
Street Spirit edited by Terry Messman. A final attempt to
establish The Big Issue in Los Angeles also failed. Some critics
have argued that these efforts went against the mission of the
International Network of Street Papers, which states that no
paper should set itself against another member in direct
competition.” Title: The Big Issue. Case Study by
G. Mulgan, R. Ali, R. Halkett & B. Sanders.
The Big Issue's Biggest Gob
= Vile Billie Bickley.
Former staff lay the blame firmly with
Bird's own role in The Big Issue:
“John Bird, although providing the original drive behind
The Big Issue, was also seen as the magazine’s biggest
liability. Financial woes and consequent restructuring of
the organisation have been blamed on his reckless approach
and his tendency to spend substantial resources on schemes
for which he rapidly loses enthusiasm. His combative manage-
ment style often alienated staff. As a former staff journalist
stated, “John could be a complete nightmare - he would walk
in ten minutes before press time and demand that the cover be
changed. He can also be a bit of a bully, though he is immensely
charismatic. He preferred us to be in a state of crisis, as he
thought we'd be more cutting edge.”
“It's founder's syndrome. He set it up and couldn't let go,
and really resented not being a good enough editor to run
the magazine. As a result, he made his editors' lives
absolute hell.”
The Big Issue's Ist Edition, 1991.
"Big Issue Is SHIT," Says Cliff, age 60.
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Ever So Glittering ~ By Uncle Monty.
Sunday Comments From Brussels.
By Uncle Monty.
I have embargoed for now Part 2 of my "Street
Interviews" due to Jennafer Yellowhorse having
unexpectedly contacted me about her nasty ex-
periences with The Big Issue trying to then invade
on other existing street papers inside America at
the start of the new 2000. The bitterness in
America against Bird himself and his Big Issue
dirty tactics are still palpable after 10 years.
John Bird engenders either love or hate, but I
see and hear more amd more hate against him
and his little honcho brother Peter Bird. I
must have at least 100 e-mails in the past six
months alone castigating the Bird Brothers.
John Bird is a classic rule breaker, but who is
quick to throw out those who break his rules
along with his peanut brother Peter Bird who
even arbitrarily removes vendors like me who
haven't broken any of their rules except on
the basis of their catch-all trap: "Bringing
The Big Issue into disrepute." Peter and
John Bird are basically nasty buggers.
Much like Sir Terry Leahy's attempt to in-
vade the American grocey industry with his
Tesco billions of dollars to form "Fresh &
Easy" in America, The Big Issue likewise
soon failed to secure a lasting foothold in the
U.S. street papers network. All too often
British business folkz misunderstand the
psychology and mindset of the American con-
sumer to their own peril and huge financial loss
in America. Leahy and Bird thought America
was an easy place to conquer, but what they
don't realise is the antipathy of many
Americans towards the British intruding on
their terrority is firm and steadfast and grow-
ing more pronounced by each passing year.
Many Americans also resent today's ill-man-
nered and rude Brits. And, rightly so, I say ...
Fresh & Easy: How Tesco's great American disaster has unfolded ...
Fresh & Easy: Tesco's great American disaster. Tesco in America ...
What Tesco offers is quick, fresh and easy meals for those who do not ...
Jennafer Yellowhorse also wrote to me saying:
"I'm sorry to hear about your experience as a vendor.
Especially when it comes to tearing down someone
who has a complaint. Mediation and Grievance process
is something that all agencies should have, and there
should be places where people are allowed to express
themselves as their experiences with any organization."
Not so, Jenneafer, at The Big Issue under the tyranny
of Peter and John Bird, who don't give a damn about
anybody but themselves and their greedy attitude.
No wonder Brit Cliff, age 60, instantly stated to me -
"Big Issue is SHIT." I didn't even ask him what he
thought, he just spoke out against the Vauxhall gang
at The Big Issue HQ at London, UK. What he other-
wise said about The Big Issue is unprintable here!
Jennafer Yellowhorse also said to me: "(Having)
dealt with the big issue when they tried to invade
los angeles, (I) wanted to say hello and solidarity
(to you) ..." I then promptly wrote back to her
and told Jennafer that "john bird frankly is a big
conceited bastard between u and me. he has
exploited the homeless for years and is seen as
the country's leading "guru" on homelessness.
it's largely crap and bs, i think."
The Big Issue will stoop to almost any level to
get its filthy hands on more godless money at
the expense of its street vendors and the ideals
it allegedly stands for. Such is the latest case of
having its street vendors wear red jackets advert-
ising a wine company when The Big Issue knows darn
well that one of the major health and social problems
of vendors is drink and alcoholism. The flawed rationale
to use such jackets is part of the long irrationale fetish
by The Big Issue to have the vendors wear street jackets
advertising something or other while selling on the cold
streets of the UK. They want to turn every vendor into
a walking advertising billboard and yet not pay them for
doing so as The Big Issue’s Bird Brothers rake in more
and more dough under the guise
of “helping the homeless.”
Perhaps its time to ask the UK Charity Commission
to formally investigate the charitiable status of The
Big Issue Foundation based on the latest money
gimmick of its parent company The Big Issue using
vendors for purposes that don’t help the homeless
but perhaps helps hinder them instead? I'm care-
fully considering submitting a formal complaint to
the commission and requesting it either suspend
or remove The Big Issue’s charitable status at the
earliest time possible. While sods John and Peter
Bird may consider my option an empty threat,
they may well be in for a big and nasty surprise
should the commission uphold my formal
complaint or any other member of the public
who might also write a complaint about
TBI to them.
The Big Issue is an active member of the
the independent news agency of the International
Network of Street Papers (INSP) and is the corner-
stone of their work to foster a strong and united
street front at www.street-papers.org/. From
what I hear, there are also some bad rumblings
against John Bird and The Big Issue at INSP, too.
The problem is clearly The Big Issue has now lost
its social and ethical compass in its constant greed
for big money while trampling on the rights and
concerns of its street vendors who have become
unpaid slaves to them over especially the past 5 or
6 years it seems to me. And so, like America that
once kicked ass of smart ass John Bird and his money
buddy Nigel Kershaw, perhaps its finally time for the
UK Charity Commission to kick ass against The
Big Issue, too!! I hope so ....
"Boycott Big Issue street newspaper," says
Street Spirit editor Tom Boland. Such
speaks the American loudest against the ilk of
John Bird and his money buddy Nigel Kershaw,
who I am told is a secular Jew. That aside,
Jennafer Yellowhorse, who is presumably a
worthy Native American, was a bright light
for me after what The Big Issue has illegal-
ly and unjustly done to me like so many of
its past street vendors. My advantage is I
am now freer than ever to take The Big
Issue to task and expose it for what it
really is - Greedy & Heartless.
Honestly, Uncle Monty at Brussels, EU.
On this day of 10.10.10 @ 10.10 am.
+World Homeless Day, 2010.
The big issue is the modern day victorian workhouse,
people are paid a pittance to sell this mag while John
Bird rakes in a fortune. Bird's a Thatcherite.
End of story. imonthebox
I mean - what's so "inspiring" and "ethical"
about supporting a ban on soup kitchens?
Anyone who describes themselves as an
"entrepeneur" should substitute the
word "bastard.”
Concerned Citizen.
Who's Exploiting Whom?
The Big Issue 19-02-1992
By Christopher Long.
:: Google Images By Uncle Monty ::
Nigel Kershaw, John Duffy, Tom Woolock,
The Beatles Forever. By Alex Albion.
Now after "The Passage" Super Concert,
my next big concert date and invitation is The
Beatles 50th Anniversay Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra Tribute that is set for October 28th,
2010, at London's Royal Albert Hall. Bravo! I
am going with three friends who are mad about
the songs and records of The Beatles. Then on
Armistice Day, I'll attend The Order of St.
Larazus of Jerusalem Concert at Cadogan Hall.
Earlier on the same day, I shall be present at
the Annual Commemoration Service to the
Homeless Dead at St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
Hopefully, The Big Issue will not send staff
distributor and hack poet Steve Farrell ever
again after he fell asleep on the front pew for
all to see at the last commemoration service
I attended. I actually woke him up due to
the severe embarrassment he caused at St.
Martin-in-the-Fields. So much then for the
homeless dead from The Big Issue!! It was
pathetic to then see disrespectful Steve
Farrell representing the Bird outfit in the
name of the homeless dead that included
the names of some dead ex-Big Issue ven-
dors. I also presented a batch of names from
the podium and to the packed members
present at the annual service that I was
so proud to stand before. So for godsake,
no more Steve Farrell ...
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Interviews. By Uncle Monty.

Street Interviews.
By Uncle Monty.
Photos By Alex Albion.
Part 1 of 2.
What folkz say and think about The Big
Issue, and its thousands of UK street
vendors, was a mixture of good, bad, and
the indifferent. But, the bad and negative
public comments seemed to come thru the
loudest and the most often from the mem-
bers of the public. I randomly and informally
approached folkz at five English towns - Bath,
Shrewsbury, Eastbourne, Cambridge, and
Ceneral London - to do my open street
interviews with them, off and on,
over a period of three months.
What struck me the most was the verbal
hostility against The Big Issue by those
who are the remotest from it or have no
contact with such. And, who also had no
desire to learn about homeless people and
the national problem of homelessness
and marginalization in today's
almost Third World Britain.
Eastbourne Was A Washout.
My questions are followed by answers in
"quotation marks" from those I interviewed:
Describe The Big Issue in 3 or 4 words:
“What is it?” “Sold by the homeless.”
“Know nothing about it.” “To help street
people.” “Supports lags ... drug addicts.”
Would you give a homeless person a job?:
“Not sure I would.” “They’re too lazy.”
“What kind of job do you mean?” “Yes,
if they want to work. Most don’t ...”
Where does The Big Issue money go?:
“Provide aid on the streets.” “To
the homeless off the streets.” “To give
jobs to those who aren’t homeless.”
“It goes to charity, doesn’t it?”
“Haven’t the faintest idea.”
Do you buy The Big Issue?:
“Why should I?”- “Once in awhile.”
“Never have, never will.” “I have
my regular vendor. She’s nice.” “The
price is abit much, don’t you think?”
Do you know anyone who is homeless?:
“Yes, my next door neighbours became
homeless after they couldn’t pay the rent.
He got sacked in the job. She got pregnant
again. Their kids were wild. No good kids,
I’d say.” “The only ones I see, but don’t
know, are them on the street with Big
Issue to sell.” "A homeless woman I
saw in the park I tried to help her, but
she started shouting and screaming
at me. So that did it for me ... "
Would you give a couple of quid to a Big
Issue sellor without buying the magazine?:
“I always do.” “Yes, I would. I’ve done so
before.” “I buy to read it. No. The profit from
selling it is enough without giving a “tip” on
top." “Only if I have some change at
Christmas. Otherwise, no!"
Is the problem of homelessness getting better
or worse or about the same or don’t know?:
11 said – "Better." 28 said - "Worse." 9 said
“The same.” 5 said - “Don’t know.” A few
others had no answer at all.
Street Interviews At
Central London Was Rough.
Have you been homeless in the past 10 years?:
Only two said "yes" with the overwhelming
majority saying they had not been homeless.
One, however, said he'd been homeless as a
little kid during the London Blitz. He was
age 81, I think, he said.
Do you know who is John Bird?:
“Vaguely.” “Who?” “Yes I do. He’s my
hair dresser.” “Old guy who talks about
beggars, right?” "I don't recognise
Do you know who is Peter Bird?:
“Never heard of him!” "No."
"Peter Bird could be anybody."
"Should I know him?"
"Is he gay(grin)?"
Of the 50+ people I randomly picked on the streets
in five UK regions, all were old English born and
working or retired white folks with the majority in
the age range of 45 to 65. Males and females were
almost equally divided. My sample is not intended
to be a formal one nor of sociological form or a
academic poll of any sort.
I asked my Big Issue-cum-homeless questions
quite casually. My sample from Central London
will appear separately in Part 2. Add then another
34 people to my overall informal sample. Across
the country about 1 in 4 people refused to be
interviewed on the streets for my sample. The
interviews took place only on the streets and
not elsewhere. Immigrants, foreigners, the
homeless, and Big Issue vendors, were im-
mediately excluded from being interviewed
for sample purposes.
Best to everybody, Uncle Monty.
+Animal Welfare Sunday, 2010.
Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals
This year, Animal Welfare Sunday is on Sunday
3rd October 2010. See report from last year and
details of this year's theme ... www.aswa.org.uk/
World Homeless Day, 2010.
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