Following Lord Freud’s claims on Tuesday that foodbanks are culpable for generating an ‘almost infinite demand’ for free food, Michael Gove was at it yesterday: Attacking parents who send their children to school hungry, claiming it was due to their ‘chaotic’ lives rather than a lack of cash.
A consistent picture is emerging: Government Ministers casting round for other people to blame for the growth of food poverty. Anything, in fact, to deflect attention from the glaringly obvious:
Thousands of people across the UK (many in work) simply don’t have enough money to feed themselves. Thousands are then let down by the absence of the ‘welfare safety net’ which has ceased to function in any meaningful way.
It used to be the mark of a civilised society that it cared for its poorest and most vulnerable members, rather than blaming them for their plight.
One of the founding principles…
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