Food Banks – Should we be Proud or Ashamed – Or Both?

The need for charitable organisations to be have opened over 500 food banks across England, there are three in what is considered the almost idyllic County of Devon, is something that we should all as a nation be thoroughly ashamed of.

How else can you explain that in a country where we are told by the Prime Minister that she and her “Compassionate Conservatives” want to create a society of fairness that the aspiration of millions of families is simply to be able to put food on the table and keep a roof over the heads of them and their children?

How else can you react when the same Prime Minister only last week said that she wasn’t concerned about replacing the European Union single market because as the fifth largest economy in the World the UK was in a strong position.

The plummeting pound seems to be consider not so much an irrelevance more a mere embuggerance to the Governments non-Brexit- exit plans.

We are told it is the outcome not only to be expected but also worth it from having to go through the economic pains of the Government austerity programme.

An economic policy that has not only failed but which the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund consistently said was being implemented much too fast and would fail.

The Conservatives and Theresa May would have everyone believe that the economy could only recover through ’austerity’ measures which involved cuts, cuts and more cuts which of course as the warnings predicted failed and saw the national debt treble.

The recent announcements that they are now abandoning the economic policies of the last six years and instead looking to the Labour Party infrastructure investment model is of course welcome all be it coming very late and from the same people who supported the previous policies.

There is of course a record of the success of a Labour Party implemented economic policy of investment in infrastructure, housing and employment that is irrefutable.

From 1945 to 1954 following six years of global war the country went through a period of massive austerity with society changed forever as men returned and the struggle for greater equality started to take a shape which has led to greater, but not yet full equality.

It was a time of food rationing and yes “Food Banks” during which factory output was maintained to ensure people had employment much of which was recycled to keep manufacturing going, a massive post war housing and infrastructure programme and of course the creation of the now “under threat” National Health Service.

(To all Conservatives – Leave the NHS alone)

To see after 70 years a return of Food Banks is a terrible indictment not only of the Governments economic failure but also their failure to protect the most vulnerable.

                                    Theresa May and Phillip Hammond “Architects of Poverty”

I recall Phillip Hammond MP when the Minister of Defence now the Chancellor of the Exchequer with responsibility for the economy saying when opening a Food Bank that they were an example of the success of the Conservatives ‘Big Society’.

(Whatever happened to the Big Society?)

Phillip Hammond is now as he was then wrong and completely out of touch with a reality of poverty that millionaires from a privileged background can and never will understand.

In the last year alone over 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies were provided to people in crisis by the Trussell Trust Charity’s network of 424 food banks of which 415,866 went to children.

How by any measure can it be seen as a sign of success?

This isn’t a sign of success but of abject failure that has come about to meet a desperate need and politicians who suggest otherwise should be treated with utter contempt.

The people I along with many have the greatest respect for are those over 40,000 people who are managing Food Banks and those who are supporting them.

For a variety of reasons I am no longer proud to live in the United Kingdom but one thing I’m proud of is that there are still people who even in tough times are prepared to donate and help those worse off than themselves and urge everyone where they can to support the Food Banks that operate in their areas

It is something we should all be proud and at the same time ashamed of.

As for the Theresa May ‘Compassionate’ Conservative Government they should be forever and thoroughly ashamed except of course they aren’t for the very simple and basic reason that they just don’t care.