Real reasons for food bank spread

York Press: Real reasons for food bank spread Real reasons for food bank spread

OUR compassionate political leaders, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, George Osborne, Ian Duncan Smith, et al, have rejected £22 million of EU funding for food banks.

Presumably this is on the assumption that there isn’t a problem and they agree with Education Secretary Michael Gove, who thinks the exponential growth of food banks has something to do with feckless individuals and families mismanaging their budgets and wasting money on Sky television, cigarettes, drink, gambling, payday lending debt, etc.

And we all know that our Prime Minister believes: “We are all in this together.” And if these brilliant politicians with Oxbridge firsts honestly believe that, it must be so.

Silly me for thinking that gross inequality, unemployment, underemployment, outsourcing of jobs, zero-hour contracts, low wages, public-service and welfare cuts, and a casino scam economy combined with corporate greed, wrongdoing by bankers and politicians, together with tax avoidance by multi-national companies and by UK billionaires and wealthy celebrities, might have had something to do with the cost of living crisis, personal and family debt, fuel poverty and homelessness, deprived neighbourhood communities and hunger.

E Jacques, De Grey Place, Bishopthorpe, York.

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11:29am Sat 28 Dec 13

Tug job says...

Did Gove really get a First? He always struck me as being simple. He keeps his talents well hidden.
Did Gove really get a First? He always struck me as being simple. He keeps his talents well hidden. Tug job

3:47pm Sat 28 Dec 13

gwen4me says...

Vive la revolution!
Vive la revolution! gwen4me

5:31pm Sat 28 Dec 13

bolero says...

If food banks are necessary in this country in this day and age, it's a disgrace. However, is it not more a case of "there's something going for nowt, so let's have some". it' sa good thing though that there are those who are prepared to do their bit for those who are genuinely in need as exemplified here.
If food banks are necessary in this country in this day and age, it's a disgrace. However, is it not more a case of "there's something going for nowt, so let's have some". it' sa good thing though that there are those who are prepared to do their bit for those who are genuinely in need as exemplified here. bolero

4:11am Sun 29 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

Please send this letter to a national newspaper.
Please send this letter to a national newspaper. Magicman!

4:41am Sun 29 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

And don't forget that it was politicians, backed by the three main parties who shoved a load of Green tax on everyones energy bills.
Fuel poverty, they made it worse!
And don't forget that it was politicians, backed by the three main parties who shoved a load of Green tax on everyones energy bills. Fuel poverty, they made it worse! ColdAsChristmas

10:55am Sun 29 Dec 13

CaroleBaines says...

Excellent letter - puts the current unfairness into a rather succinct nutshell. We now have little choice between the three main parties and all seem to be in favour of widening the wealth gap every further.
Excellent letter - puts the current unfairness into a rather succinct nutshell. We now have little choice between the three main parties and all seem to be in favour of widening the wealth gap every further. CaroleBaines

12:08pm Sun 29 Dec 13

goatman says...

It really is time that we turned our back on the current three-party system and elected a group of fair-minded politicians who would perhaps stand Britain back a bit from world politics and give a little more priority to it's own inhabitants, whatever creed, colour or persuasion they may be. There certainly cannot be the necessity to earmark billions for Trident or HS2 when we need to fix today's problems first.
It really is time that we turned our back on the current three-party system and elected a group of fair-minded politicians who would perhaps stand Britain back a bit from world politics and give a little more priority to it's own inhabitants, whatever creed, colour or persuasion they may be. There certainly cannot be the necessity to earmark billions for Trident or HS2 when we need to fix today's problems first. goatman

2:18pm Mon 30 Dec 13

mutley12321 says...

bolero wrote:
If food banks are necessary in this country in this day and age, it's a disgrace. However, is it not more a case of "there's something going for nowt, so let's have some". it' sa good thing though that there are those who are prepared to do their bit for those who are genuinely in need as exemplified here.
Hello Bolero

What are you basing your opinion on? It seems you may have been reading a bit too much of the Daily MaiI? I respectfully suggest some education as to who can use foodbanks and what the process should be followed.

http://www.trussellt
rust.org/foodbank-pr
ojects
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: If food banks are necessary in this country in this day and age, it's a disgrace. However, is it not more a case of "there's something going for nowt, so let's have some". it' sa good thing though that there are those who are prepared to do their bit for those who are genuinely in need as exemplified here.[/p][/quote]Hello Bolero What are you basing your opinion on? It seems you may have been reading a bit too much of the Daily MaiI? I respectfully suggest some education as to who can use foodbanks and what the process should be followed. http://www.trussellt rust.org/foodbank-pr ojects mutley12321

5:29pm Mon 30 Dec 13

bolero says...

mutley12321 wrote:
bolero wrote:
If food banks are necessary in this country in this day and age, it's a disgrace. However, is it not more a case of "there's something going for nowt, so let's have some". it' sa good thing though that there are those who are prepared to do their bit for those who are genuinely in need as exemplified here.
Hello Bolero

What are you basing your opinion on? It seems you may have been reading a bit too much of the Daily MaiI? I respectfully suggest some education as to who can use foodbanks and what the process should be followed.

http://www.trussellt

rust.org/foodbank-pr

ojects
I stopped reading the Daily Mail years ago so your assumption regarding the basis of my opinion is entirely wrong.
[quote][p][bold]mutley12321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: If food banks are necessary in this country in this day and age, it's a disgrace. However, is it not more a case of "there's something going for nowt, so let's have some". it' sa good thing though that there are those who are prepared to do their bit for those who are genuinely in need as exemplified here.[/p][/quote]Hello Bolero What are you basing your opinion on? It seems you may have been reading a bit too much of the Daily MaiI? I respectfully suggest some education as to who can use foodbanks and what the process should be followed. http://www.trussellt rust.org/foodbank-pr ojects[/p][/quote]I stopped reading the Daily Mail years ago so your assumption regarding the basis of my opinion is entirely wrong. bolero

7:01pm Mon 30 Dec 13

mutley12321 says...

bolero wrote:
mutley12321 wrote:
bolero wrote:
If food banks are necessary in this country in this day and age, it's a disgrace. However, is it not more a case of "there's something going for nowt, so let's have some". it' sa good thing though that there are those who are prepared to do their bit for those who are genuinely in need as exemplified here.
Hello Bolero

What are you basing your opinion on? It seems you may have been reading a bit too much of the Daily MaiI? I respectfully suggest some education as to who can use foodbanks and what the process should be followed.

http://www.trussellt


rust.org/foodbank-pr


ojects
I stopped reading the Daily Mail years ago so your assumption regarding the basis of my opinion is entirely wrong.
Hello Bolero,

Well done on stopping your Daily Mail reading - I hope you're feeling better.

Just to clarify, I asked a question and did not make assumption , hence the "?" at the end of the sentence. Hope this helps.

As you'll be able to read, I asked how you arrived at your misguided view; that individuals can just wander in off the street to a foodbank and expect a handout? Have you anything to add to the debate or are you sticking with your sadly regrettable victorian view of "people getting something for nowt"??

Did you take the opportunity to educate yourself on how foodbanks work by following the link I posted? Although I can try to educate you, however I’m unable to do your thinking for you.

Best wishes,

Mutley,
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mutley12321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: If food banks are necessary in this country in this day and age, it's a disgrace. However, is it not more a case of "there's something going for nowt, so let's have some". it' sa good thing though that there are those who are prepared to do their bit for those who are genuinely in need as exemplified here.[/p][/quote]Hello Bolero What are you basing your opinion on? It seems you may have been reading a bit too much of the Daily MaiI? I respectfully suggest some education as to who can use foodbanks and what the process should be followed. http://www.trussellt rust.org/foodbank-pr ojects[/p][/quote]I stopped reading the Daily Mail years ago so your assumption regarding the basis of my opinion is entirely wrong.[/p][/quote]Hello Bolero, Well done on stopping your Daily Mail reading - I hope you're feeling better. Just to clarify, I asked a question and did not make assumption , hence the "?" at the end of the sentence. Hope this helps. As you'll be able to read, I asked how you arrived at your misguided view; that individuals can just wander in off the street to a foodbank and expect a handout? Have you anything to add to the debate or are you sticking with your sadly regrettable victorian view of "people getting something for nowt"?? Did you take the opportunity to educate yourself on how foodbanks work by following the link I posted? Although I can try to educate you, however I’m unable to do your thinking for you. Best wishes, Mutley, mutley12321

8:25pm Mon 30 Dec 13

bolero says...

Mutter,mutter,mutter
, Mutley.
Mutter,mutter,mutter , Mutley. bolero

8:49pm Mon 30 Dec 13

mutley12321 says...

bolero wrote:
Mutter,mutter,mutter

, Mutley.
Nice one, did you think that one up on your own???!
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: Mutter,mutter,mutter , Mutley.[/p][/quote]Nice one, did you think that one up on your own???! mutley12321

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