Poverty-stricken parents who are struggling to feed their children due to Tory austerity have been victim-blamed as “indolent” and “dysfunctional” by a local Conservative Party in a Twitter post claiming it is possible they simply “don’t know how to feed their children well”.
The tweet by Bath Conservatives named “absolutely-not-a-Tory” Jack Monroe, who wrote a book entitled Cooking on a Bootstrap after being left with hardly any money to survive by Tory benefit policies, stating if Jack “could feed herself and her child for £10 a week – not easily, but adequately – most people can”.
The tweet attracted the attention of Mx Monroe, who responded (as is normal) in the vernacular. The part of the tweet that This Site can quote tells the Tories: “It was YOUR policies that left me hungry, cold, almost homeless, mentally ill, still recovering 6 years later. 1 in 4 mums in poverty. Thousands dead after being declared ‘fit to work’. I’m not your poster girl.”
Bath Tories, in a response to the original recipient of their tweet, Green Parliamentary candidate Dominic Tristram, tried to justify their stance: “This started by us drawing distinction between parental & govt responsibility for children being cared for & fed. But if that gives you an opportunity to feel better by attacking evil Tories, knock yourself out.”
Mx Monroe responded:
“On thin air and sanctions.” That’s all Mx Monroe had to survive, because the Tory-run benefit system deemed that this person had become voluntarily unemployed.
The writer ended up living on £10 per week and, although the situation resulted in a bestselling cookbook, the psychological wounds from the experience are still open:
Bath Conservatives seemed to apologise:
Yesterday an ill-judged comment was made on our Twitter account re. the challenge of food poverty. The content didn't accurately reflect our views or approach & we apologise for any offence caused. We continue to seek ways to reduce the blight of child poverty in our City.
— Bath Conservatives (@BathCA) February 18, 2018
Note the attempt to claim that the disgusting claims “didn’t accurately reflect our views”. That’s a lie, of course. It did reflect Bath Conservatives’ views at the time of writing. It was only after the backlash happened that they decided to revise their own personal history.
So Mx Monroe took a red pen to a tweet by Bath Conservatives that seemed to be trying to make a mission statement. Here’s the result:
This Site sides with Jack, of course.
This Tory attitude – that the victims of Conservative Party policies are to blame for the poverty the Tories forced on them – is filthy, disgusting, verminous.
And, when it tripped them up and they fell on their collective face, they tried to deny it.
Take responsibility for yourselves, Tories!
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