When Mrs MP and myself were evicted from our home of eight years by the Church of England, the only place we could afford to live was a former mining village in County Durham with a "bad reputation" that keeps accommodation prices down. I was a bit worried but it turned out to be a great place to live. Everyone's friendly and everyone is in the same boat. Because we are a "rough neighbourhood" we have the privilege (not normal for a village of our size) of having a couple of excellent community police officers stationed here and I have seen far less trouble, and feel far safer, than I ever did in the middle class, Newcastle neighbourhood where we previously lived.
However, there are hidden costs to being poor. I have just got round (eventually) to changing the address for my car insurance policy. The bloody insurance company want a considerably higher premium from me because I, allegedly, live in a "rougher" neighbourhood. Now, I have no idea if there is more car crime in my village than in High Heaton (although within a month of our move to Newcastle, ten years ago, Mrs MP had her car stolen and dumped in the River Tyne). However, it strikes me as incredibly unfair that because poorer people have to live in areas where crime is more widespread because of the poverty of the inhabitants, they have to pay more money for protection from crime than people who can afford to live in posh neighbourhoods. The rich can afford higher premiums. The poor cannot.
Basically, capitalism is not content to simply create unfair wealth distribution. It also insists on kicking its victims when they are down.
My name is MadPriest and I'm an out and proud socialist
(just like Jesus was and is and will be for ever).