Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

Brother, Can You Spare a Pension?

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‘The Big Issue, mate?” came the cheery cockney cry. It is a tradition, in London as elsewhere, for newsboys to hawk their papers on the streets of the city. The only variation to the ancient ritual was that in this instance the salesman for The Big Issue — a magazine sold by and for “the homeless” — was pitching his wares to me while lying prone alongside a colleague on the sidewalk of a small side street off Piccadilly. I stepped over him and continued on my way. That was Monday.

Tuesday he was there again, and Wednesday. And on Thursday

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Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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