OPINION

Apples vs oranges: homelessness in Britain and Greece not the same

Your article on homelessness (March 2, «A night of solidarity with the homeless»), while being significant, portrays a disturbing bias away from accuracy. To compare the problem in Greece to that in Britain in such a manner does not compare apples with apples. It is true that there is homelessness in Britain as well.  However the definition of what is «homeless» in Britain cannot compare to that which is implied in your article relevant to Greece. If there are, indeed, over half a million people in Britain who are homeless, one would be confronted by these hordes immediately upon arrival in the country.  The reality for terms of comparison is very different. The British have a much broader definition of the term to the extent that a person living in a mobile home, bed and breakfast accommodation, or temporarily boarding with friends or family is classified homeless, most of whom are well, profitably employed and choose this lifestyle.  Your attempt to create such a favorable comparison in Greece seems to wish to deny that such a problem exists at all, indeed, appears to demean the phenomenon to the level of denial. NIGEL CAREY, British Columbia, Canada.