reply to post by stumason
Thing is stu
I think it's very much a regional issue - the North East is being hit far worse than the Home Counties etc.
And unless witnessed at first hand I don't think many fully appreciate the desperation that those affected feel.
Where I live it is estimated that approximately 1500 families are using food banks every week - that probably equates to around 6% - 7% of the total
It is almost criminal and a damning indictment of this country that so many people are reliant on hand-out's simply to maintain a subsistence
You are right in your assessment that it is the result of consecutive government policies - both the Labour and Conservative party's have failed this
country miserably, but it's undeniable that this current administration is compounding the issue and is being particularly vindictive in targeting
the most vulnerable and needy in our society.
The truth is that large sections of this country are being marginalised and feel completely alienated from the more wealthy and affluent.
There is a connectedness that runs through the social and economic policies that have been implemented by both main parties since at least Thatcher's
The minimum wage has possibly been the single biggest disaster for ordinary working people since pre-WWII - melodramatic? - possibly - but I know many
time served tradesmen who earn quite a lot less now than they did 20 years ago - good, honest, hard working, tax-paying people who are really
The knock-on effect is alarming with businesses closing down at a frightening pace with more and more shops, pubs, etc boarded up and vacant - people
simply have no money.
All people want, and deserve, is a fair days pay for a fair days work - and that isn't happening for far too many.
Austerity is crippling this country - or at least significant parts of it.
We need stimulation, we need investment - very little of which is forthcoming.
Since it's introduction the NHS is the single, greatest achievement of this country.
It provides a far better service than many would have us believe - it's a testament to it's success that so many have come to expect such high
standards of it.
But it should and could be far better if managed and funded correctly and efficiently - that's a whole big can of worms and a discussion for another
time and place I think.
Yet it can't be denied that it's at stretching point, for so many reasons, and it's staff are seriously hard pressed and morale is rock bottom.
And exactly the same can be said about our education system.
It doesn't paint a good picture of our country - again, I may have exaggerated slightly in places to make a point.
Austerity is not working except for a relatively fortunate few and whole sections of this country are facing real hardships.