Anne Naysmith chose to remain homeless – but she is the exception that proves the rule
In truth, I think, Naysmith is the exception who proves the rule. The rule is that people do not end up homeless on principle and that it is dangerous to allow people to drift into such a situation – not necessarily for them personally, but for the fabric of society as a whole.
I don’t suppose she would have seen it this way. But to me, Naysmith’s story is a cautionary tale, a warning that it is foolish to make it hard for people to make and keep a home – as we have been doing in this country for half a century now. One Anne Naysmith is a character, local colour, extraordinary. Many Anne Naysmiths, however, would be an affront to civilisation, without which even she would not have survived for as long as she did.”