Tuesday 18 July 2006 10.56pm
The Manna Centre is there to help people less fortunate than you or I. It has been there, doing that job, for 25 years. Yes, its clients aren't pretty, they may not inhabit Starbucks
, they may not fit into the convenient picture of glowing consumerism that seems to be today's model but they don't deserve marginalisation.
Far far uglier is the cyclone fenced compound on the other side of Melior St which is where illegals are now taken before they are processed through our system.
But, and I hope you'll forgive me for saying this, but maybe you'd like something similar for the clients of the Manna Centre. Maybe you'd like to round them up and put them in some sort of camp for ugly inconvenient people who bring down the tone of the area.
I don't know what your problem with the Manna Centre really is but, speaking completely personally, I've never heard anyone judge Southwark by the Manna Centre. The Globe - yes. The Tate - yes. Escalating property values - yes. The Manna Centre - never.
I wish I had a fraction of the humanity and decency that the staff of the Manna Centre have and that is displayed by their actions.
Regards and best wishes