Darragh MacIntyre investigates the dramatic rise in the number of food banks in Britain.
It’s interesting in this how Ian Duncan Smith suggests that food banks stop people from getting themselves out of poverty because people are lazy and will accept a free meal rather than get work and money. Yet his constituency council give money to food banks?
Is it because it’s literally so much cheaper to buy shitty noodles and cans of spam than to give people their benefits and allow them to decide how to spend their own money?
Cheek of Edwina Currie slating food banks as well, what the fuck would she actually know about poverty? She was born posh, privately educated, became an MP, pumped John Major for 4 years and then got the sack for trying to say that all British eggs were infected with salmonella.
And she’s like “Oh this isn’t helping people at all. You’re not incentivising people to work,”
This Panorama shows that parliament consider feeding poor people to be giving them too much help. Ie the government would rather you just starved and died than receiving a tin of corned beef to last you the week.
When will this war on the poor end? I assumed people would be outraged by now and demanding elections. Why do we have to live in this shitty, stiff upper lip culture? It seeps down to the poorest people as well, poor people don’t feel like they have a right to live.
The worst thing is implying that food banks are a luxury. People will visit the food banks at night because they don’t want people to know that they are using one! Because it’s embarrassing! It’s not a free meal in a Toni Macaroni for fucks’ sake.
Stuff like this really gets my pulse up because there’s just so little being done about any of this shit. The Tory/Lib Dem government just say “No, it’s not a problem. People just want a free meal, people exploit benefits for some extra cash, people could easily just get a job,” and these kinds of statements are unchallenged because no one in this three horse government race give a literal fuck about the people who rely on food banks. Basically if you can’t pay tax then the government would prefer you starved to death and ceased to be a problem.
They need people out of their >1br house, so they just tax extra bedrooms and those people will become homeless. That’s all they need to do really to get their own way. They need poor people to disappear so they’ll just starve them out until people start to die of failing health.
When people argue against scottish independence based on TEHY WON@T BE ABLE 2 USE THE £ ANEMORE!!11 it totally dismisses the fact that WESTMINSTER is currently doing their best to ultimately CRUSH poor people out of existence. People’s homes, families, children, babies, livelihoods are being crushed out because the government sees no use for them.
Independence is about protecting Scotland from Westminster. Scotland has always been a target for conservative governments (hello margret thatcher did the same thing!) since England generally thinks of us as being a band of alky smackheads that don’t want to work.
Irt’s not about the fucking pound of the fucking EU, independence is a critical need of Scotland’s poorest people. And let me tell you, in the metro every week when people are arguing against independence on the letters page, i happen to know that those people are socially well-off, upper working class to middle class people BECAUSE they are texting into a free newspaper to say that scotland shouldn’t be independent because of the colours in the union jack or some ABSOLUTE shit. Know where the poor people are? Busy surviving.
At the end of the day, the division lives were set at the last election when ONE constituency in scotland voted for a Tory and the rest DID NOT. England overwhelmingly voted Tory as a rebellion vote against labour and look what happened there. I’m sure labour were very hurt and will consider you closer next time you take the huff and mass-vote them in.