Saturday, 16 March 2013

Is there a minimum hunger line?

I DON'T read the Daily Mail but someone pointed out an article by Richard Littlejohn (sigh in frustration) which is so malignant that I wonder how much more Right the Right can go before it demands that people show their hunger swollen bellies to prove that they are living in poverty.  The article is a comment on a report published by the TUC this week on how the 'majority of children of UK children will be living below the breadline by 2015'.

I know that social policy can involve different ways of measuring needs and poverty levels and sometimes it can be a subjective study too but it cannot be denied that child poverty does exist in the UK. It may not exist to the levels that it does in other countries where children beg on streets and look in bins but does it have to get to that level in the UK for child poverty to be justified or recognised as a national issue of urgency? Does there have to be a minimum hunger line that exists before child poverty stops being a national joke among some fools and idiots?

So called 'obesity' is given as a reason for poverty being an illusion. The truth of the matter is that fruit and better quality food is more expensive and, therefore, junk food is popular because it costs far less. Cheap junk food does cause obesity. What stupid person cannot understand this?

Littlejohn says that "no one in Britain has any excuse for going hungry" but here is a report that proves differently.

Playstations, mobiles and flatscreen TVs seem to be the modern weapons of mass stigmatisation. If you own these and you are unemployed and on welfare then Richard Littlejohn and his little morons will visit upon you. Are there any other TVs these days apart from flatscreen? Playstations are, frankly, a bit outdated and nobody carries a landline around with them. The point I make is that using these items as symbols is not a way of measuring any type of social need but is a lazy and convenient way to harangue those on welfare and supports the stigma of 'strivers' vs 'skivers'.

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