Joe Lycett’s response to Suella Braverman and her ‘living on the streets is a lifestyle choice’ claim just got better and better
You’ll have seen by now that outrageous remark by Home Secretary – Home Secretary! – Suella Braverman that for many people, living on the streets is a ‘lifestyle choice’.
Here’s what she had to say about it on Twitter (just in case, like us, you needed to read it twice to believe it).
The British people are compassionate. We will always support those who are genuinely homeless. But we cannot allow our streets to be taken over by rows of tents occupied by people, many of them from abroad, living on the streets as a lifestyle choice. 1/4 https://t.co/fT1Ou5kD5Q
— Suella Braverman MP (@SuellaBraverman) November 4, 2023
Unfortunately we don’t have room for the other three tweets in that thread – no need to thank us – but here’s just a taster of the outrage that it prompted.
Braverman calling it a “lifestyle choice” as if the 74 percent increase in rough sleeping since 2010 was caused by “everybody suddenly loved camping” https://t.co/zQ0W5XhSVM
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) November 4, 2023
Those fashionable hipsters from abroad with their off shore wealth, who nonetheless opt to keep their overheads low by making the lifestyle choice of tented living in the British winter. We must salute them. https://t.co/RladupUgZd
— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) November 4, 2023
Being homeless isn’t a lifestyle choice.
Sleeping on the streets in a tent – or under a blanket, or a cardboard box – isn’t the same as a camping holiday on Dartmoor.
No human should need to be told this. https://t.co/czD6jomPC4
— Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) November 4, 2023
— Duncan Ng (@duncan_ng) November 4, 2023
We could get angry at Suella’s latest piece of performative, pandering cruelty or… instead:
let’s promote the excellent work done by @Shelter, @centrepointuk, @PassageCharity and other fine charities actually trying to help homeless people, especially now, as winter approaches. https://t.co/koa9oiVw55
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) November 4, 2023
Talking of Shelter …
Let’s make it clear: living on the streets is not a ‘lifestyle choice’ – it is a sign of failed government policy.
No one should be punished for being homeless.
Criminalising people for sleeping in tents, and making it an offence for charities to help them, is unacceptable. https://t.co/szswSBKPy3
— Shelter (@Shelter) November 4, 2023
And we mention it again because of this response by the great Joe Lycett.
My old friend @SuellaBraverman has described rough sleeping as a ‘lifestyle choice’ I always thought lifestyle choices were things such as cargo pants, fishing and decorating your bathroom with a bowl of potpourri.
I want to see if this image I found on google described as…
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) November 4, 2023
Here it is.
View this post on Instagram
And later this happened …
Astonishingly we’ve raised just under £40,000 for @crisis_uk in less than 48 hours with a bowl of potpourri, aka a ‘lifestyle choice’. Thank you thank you thank you.
Would love to hit the £50k target ahead of the King’s Speech tomorrow.
NB: remember to add gift aid… https://t.co/cOoK7TKokQ
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) November 6, 2023
And then this happened!
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) November 7, 2023
Keep turning their hate into joy Joe
— Ben (@Bennyjj81) November 7, 2023
This is how you deal with hate. Turn it into something positive. Well done Joe and everyone who donated. https://t.co/NPFpBd0D86
— King Lucy the 1st (@KingLucythe1st) November 7, 2023
Absolute legend! https://t.co/zEE7DuOUzL
— Sam Gibbs (@samlgibbs1) November 7, 2023
Just in case you were wondering about the last time Lycett helped out his ‘old friend’ Braverman, it was when she suggested some asylum seekers pretend to be gay when coming to the UK in order to ‘game the system’.
And he did this.
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) October 4, 2023
“For the attention of Rt Hon Suella Braverman KC MP, Wednesday 4th October 2023.
“Dear Home Secretary
“I am contacting you on an urgent matter as I was very interested to read your claim that asylum seekers are attempting to abuse the immigration system by pretending to be gays (sometimes known as batty boys).
“I too am disgusted by men pretending to be gay and think we should weed out this scourge from our society. I know for example that Alan Carr is actually married to a foul woman called Sandra, and that Rylan does triathlons.
“Like you, I believe in bold and radical change, and also that sometimes you just have to stamp on a dog. I have devised a plan that will eradicate all those fake sausage noshers and massively reduce successful asylum applicants.
“All immigrants will be excluded from the UK UNLESS they can prove that they are gay (to me). With my newly registered company Homo Hunters, I will spearhead this project to reduce the bumbardment of immigrants and enmesh our island with foreign homosexuals.
“The project is both a business and personal venture for me. I know full well that aside from unimportant contracts like PPE procurement and making classroom roof beams out of mint chocolate Aeros, the government expects the companies they work with to have long term, actual experience in their field. I have been investigating fake gays for years, in real life but mainly on Instagram. A Moss Bros suit doesn’t get past me. Nor does an erect cock!
“The full ass-essment criteria I will use is trademarked but I am happy to disclose one tactic in this letter. Applicants will be escorted into a room with three tables.
“On the first table is a Lady Gaga CD, on the second table is a fleece from M&S Blue Harbour and on the third table is a naked twink called Carlos (or Steve).
“If the applicant tries to have sex with any of these things, they will be determined gay and warmly welcomed into the country. If they attempt to wear the M&S Blue Harbour fleece, mention crypto, VPNs or MMA, they will be inhumanely destroyed.
“I am in awe of you, your work and your gall. Naysayers might froth that as the child of immigrants it seems strange that you would want to clamp down so ferociously on immigration, but I disagree with those woke likely-nonces: just because you or your family have benefited from a system doesn’t mean that system should not be smashed to bits.
“For example I am vehemently against people pretending to be gay simply to achieve a better life, despite that being exactly what I did to progress in showbusiness.
“I look forward to hearing from you GURRRRRL.
“Pada Padam, Joe Lycett.”
And in the unlikely event you don’t already, follow @Suella … no, only kidding, @joelycett here.