The Growth of Food Banks in Germany – Beastrabban\’s Weblog

Normally, Vox Political wouldn’t repost material from someone else’s article about a VP article – we don’t want to send our readers round in circles. However, the Beast’s comments add to those on this blog in several amusing and informative ways (“the officer formerly known to his men as ‘T*sser’”, anybody?) that are well worth our time here. He writes:

A report by the LSE showed that the biggest growth in food banks on that side of the North Sea occurred in 2005, when Gerhard Schroeder introduced a series of cuts to their welfare system. This explains why the editor of the German equivalent of Private Eye, when he appeared as a guest on a chat show a few years ago, made it very clear that he had no respect for Schroeder. I think he called him a ‘Kn*b’, or something similar. Schroeder was the leader of the SDP, the German Socialist party, and has been hailed as ‘the German Tony Blair’. This shows the pernicious and detrimental effect Neo-liberalism has had on countries all over Europe and the wider world, and on the left-wing parties that have adopted it in the wake of Thatcher and Reagan.

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