Food bank bashing: when poverty dares speak its name

Food bank bashing: when poverty dares speak its name

he Tories are trying to discredit food banks because the alternative would be to accept that their policies are creating poverty, writes Annie Powell

Food banks imagejToday, Easter Sunday, that paragon of Christian virtue theMail on Sunday has run a story about food banks. Not about how nearly a million people have been driven to such extreme poverty in Cameron’s Britain that they cannot afford to feed themselves, no, but about how one of its reporters lied to a food bank to obtain a free food parcel.

The point of the story? To make out that it’s easy to get free food from food banks and that those who do so are simply on the scrounge rather than in genuine need.

It’s pretty clear what’s prompted this bile. Not only does the soaring rise in food banks undermine the right’s rhetoric about benefit claimants, it also reveals the nature of in-work poverty.

Why would the sick or unemployed be referred to a food bank if they weren’t in desperate need of food? Aren’t they supposed to be living a life of luxury at the taxpayers’ expense? And if food bank users have a job, why can’t they afford to feed themselves?

It gets worse for the Tories. Food banks have captured the imagination of the national press in a way that other experiences of poverty have not. Food bank use is easily counted and easily communicated; poverty statistics are abstract but food parcels are strikingly evocative of aid efforts in developing countries. This is dangerously close to depicting the poor as deserving.

That’s why, with the help of Mail, the Tories are trying to discredit and smear those who run and those who rely on food banks. The unpalatable alternative would be to accept that their policies have created indefensible levels of poverty.

These smears tell you nothing about food banks, but a lot about the Tories. Possibly the most ridiculous attack on the Christian charity the Trussell Trust, the largest food bank provider in the UK, is that it’s a business and all its efforts therefore self-interested. “I understand that a feature of your business model must require you to continuously achieve publicity,” wrote Iain Duncan Smith to the Trussell Trust last year.

This line of attack was continued in recent days, with a “senior Whitehall source” telling the Daily Mail that the charity’s “publicity seeking” was “not entirely surprising given Chris Mould [Trussell Trust chairman] is effectively running a business.”

The Trussell Trust gives food away for free to those who are assessed as in need. Now I’m no entrepreneur, but that doesn’t seem like a particularly promising business model.

This unnamed senior Whitehall source also accused the Trust of being “emotionally manipulative”. Emotionally manipulative, for speaking out about the need to feed the hungry in modern Britain. Goodness knows what they’d have to say about that arch manipulator whose teachings form the basis of the Trussell Trust’s mission.

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Reptilian Fossils Who Walk Westminster – Out Of Touch Lord Tebbit Croaks Disdain For Food Banks.

Lord Tebbit scorns food bank demand

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Street Democracy writes:

These ‘psychopathic minded’ and members of the high social elite are determined to keep their eyes closed on reality and remain out of touch.

Food banks are when the government commits financial butchery to millions of families already struggling to survive at the lower end of a ‘socially demanding’ and ‘expecting culture’.

Already poor families were economically tied and contracted too private corporations to live the bare and lowest form of social acceptance which no one scorned.

Ask Mark Wood how much he spent on take away fast food after dying of malnutrition and hunger?

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Now after the degrading professionalism of the Tory aristocratic millionaires demonising the poor for ‘daring’ to have a tv, for ‘daring’ to have lights on in the evening, only now is it socially unacceptable to have such items.

However because of the financial sanctions, to support such basic avenues the poorest families, now find they don’t have the money to support even that.

This could just be buying basic furniture items, replacing carpets which is never cheap, and paying so much each month.

The cost of living was rising anyway, so before the merciless Tory economic scorn began, poor families found they were making even more financial commitments to keep up.

Remember Britain isn’t used to having Third World poverty in its communities and it wasn’t expected to ever be the case.

(Now they expect the poor to eat raw carrot for dinner and live without heating, and where a badge on their chest.)

Families struggling to pay corporations their fees each month have had their government turn on them and without warning have major cuts in welfare authorised and automated by the Tory government.

Astonishingly, cheap foods have a high level of ‘junk’ in them, so Lord Tebbit, junk food is eaten also from Sainsbury’s because it is all cheap food.

The cheap food the poor are struggling to pay for. 

McDonald’s in my opinion is just GMO franken foods, designed to look like burgers and taste like burgers but are not food items at all thanks to Monsanto and the toxic chemicals poured in them.

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Besides, the people who go to food banks may occasionally visit take away restaurants but that doesn’t mean they are in their day in and day out as is suggested.

Then there is the added fact that Franken foods have high levels of addictive additives, that make coming off of foods such as McDonald’s as difficult as stopping any powerful drug on the high street.

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This type of Franken foods are highly addictive and there is no mention of this anywhere.

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This no good out of touch Lord has lived off wealth all his life, knows nothing of want and it is shocking he is allowed to even vomit such words to make it into the public domain.

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Lord Tebbit scorns food bank demand

‘The former Conservative cabinet minister Lord Tebbit has suggested that people who visit food banks are at the same time spending their money on junk food.

Speaking in the House of Lords, Tebbit said there was a “near infinite demand” for valuable goods given away free and asked ministers to “initiate research into junk food sales in areas where people are [relying] for basic food on the food banks”.

He made the comments moments after a Tory environment minister, Lord de Mauley, drew gasps from the chamber by saying food banks are not a scandal but a sign of Britain’s charity and ministers should not seek to “interfere” in their use.’

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Benefit Only Supermarkets: The Poorest May Eat Yet With Tory Government.

The revolutionary ‘social supermarket’ with branded goods 70% cheaper than the likes of Tesco and Asda… but where you can only shop if you’re on benefitsShoppers at the Community Shop in Goldthorpe, Barnsely, South Yorkshire, must Employment Support Allowance, and live within a certain post code

Street Democracy writes:

Good idea for all businesses to stop throwing away good products, however, its a postcode lottery and only 500 members can join. Questions are arising like, what about the rest?

Now all we need is indoor allotments for an indoor organic self community grow of organic cheap fresh fruit and vegetables. Stop the poor from being forced fed cheap artificial foods and take away cheap burgers that are not even food, but GMO franken foods.

The new Community Shop in Goldthorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is selling off food which is not up to supermarket chain standards for knock-down prices to help people on benefits to feed their families. To become one of 500 members able to use the ‘social supermarket’ shoppers must claim one of a specified list of benefits including Employment Support Allowance, and live within a certain post code.