People in the UK’s poorest communities have supported a government that will send them to food banks

A food bank: this one was well-stocked when the image was taken – but it was in early 2018. Many more people have been forced to visit food banks since then.

The Con Party has managed to hoodwink a swathe of formerly Labour-supporting constituencies into supporting it – mainly with a promise to “get Brexit done”.

The promise is a lie. Brexit won’t end for many, many years, even if the Tories go through it at the fastest speed possible.

But that isn’t the worst threat to these people.

By focusing on Brexit, they have ignored the other policies that the Conservatives will push through – including the nightmare social security system that has killed more people than Aktion T4 in Nazi Germany.

The result is a foregone conclusion, as this writer for the Herald in Scotland makes clear:

With no change of direction on Universal Credit we can expect more people being forced to rely on food banks in the future.

Maintaining this approach to social security means that the new Government will implement another £3.8 billion worth of cuts to social security.

The end result? More children and families swept into poverty in the coming years.

That is a certainty. It will happen under the Conservative government whether you like it or not.

The majority of voters in the December 12 election wanted it. They might not know they wanted it, but they voted for it so, when it happens to them, they’ll be told it’s what they supported and that will be the end of it.

The constituencies that the Conservatives won in the north of England contain many of those communities that have borne the biggest impacts of the austerity policies of the last decade.

They are communities that have experienced cuts in public services, that have been hardest hit by the freeze on social security benefits and where insecure work has become the norm for too many.

Commitments to continue to roll out Universal Credit and to end the benefits freeze next year … [mean] more of the same for people living on low incomes.


Low pay and insecure work are increasingly what locks people into poverty, and two-thirds of children living in poverty in Scotland are in working households.

The new government’s approach will only serve to reinforce the injustice of our current system; tightening rather than loosening the grip of poverty.

With child poverty levels projected to increase rapidly, we simply cannot go on the way we are.

The lives and life chances of millions of people across our communities depend on the government charting a different course.

Then those lives and life chances are lost. As a nation, the UK voted for worse – and for much more of it.

Source: Opinion: With no change of direction on Universal Credit we can expect more people being forced to rely on food banks in the future | HeraldScotland

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  1. trev December 28, 2019 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    The foodbanks are struggling to cope with demand as it is but another 5 years of the Tories will be disastrous, and then the fall-out from Brexit when it happens, we are heading for a very dark place indeed, as the Turkeys who voted for Christmas will inevitably find out.

    • Marie December 28, 2019 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      The problem is they will blame everyone else, rather than the government they installed, and themselves for voting them in. People are going to get killed, I’m afraid, as people lash out against those they perceive to be the cause of their problems.

      • Dave Rowlands December 30, 2019 at 11:13 am - Reply

        Their “perception” of who is at fault will be given to them by the government, BBC, and the MSM. They will never be at fault, the ones who blame them will be told, “it’s your fault and that is why you are blaming us”.

        When BREXIT doesn’t happen in the time frames given by the government, when lives don’t improve, when the NHS is sold off, and when the food banks have no food the EU will be blamed, 100%.

  2. timfrom December 28, 2019 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    “They might not know they wanted it, but they voted for it so, when it happens to them, they’ll be told it’s what they supported and that will be the end of it”.

    Indeed, and they will be deserving of absolutely no sympathy. That’s the price you pay for not paying attention. The real tragedy is it’s a price that many other innocents who didn’t vote for it will also have to pay, many of them with their lives.

    • Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl) December 29, 2019 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Those who were fooled into voting for the Tories deserve every single disappointment and deprivation that they will receive for their lack of common sense and, more importantly, their lack of concern for others than themselves.

  3. Jeffrey Davies December 28, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    We had a saviour but was knocked down by media BBC itv news papers lies we had it in our grasp but voting out did it for labour our saviour was and is a man who you could have trusted but now the hurt will come for more under this government yet that poor saviour still gets distaste in that once proud house

  4. Richard December 28, 2019 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    The sad thing is that many Labour Brexit voters think that their lives are going to change for the better…but the reality is that Brexit will only improve the lives of the rich in this country and not the poor.

  5. david December 28, 2019 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    The latest I’ve read on Quora is that some people believe that the only reason we will suffer , post Brexit, is through negative actions of the EU [wanting to destroy us]and rabid remainers. Oh if it was only in jest and that they didn’t have people agreeing with them

    • trev December 28, 2019 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      So they don’t realize how much stuff is imported from the EU, how necessary it is to have fast-moving ports, how companies are going to function when they have difficulties importing materials or exporting produce, how many of those companies will go bust and lay-off their workers, or that those who do manage to keep their jobs will have no Rights. A likely post-Brexit scenario is UN Aid being distributed in British towns and cities by troops on the streets whilst supermarkets are empty and the foodbanks reach breaking point. Mass unemployment with a dysfunctional Social Security system and a Privatized NHS are among the things that await us. But if it’s the will of the people so be it, let the people learn the hard way. It’ll affect the rest of us too of course but I think I’ll probably be dead within the next 10 years anyway.

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