What will you say when they ask what you did in the class war?

I seem to have hit a nerve when I said the Tories are waging a class war on anyone who isn’t filthy rich. In fact, two Vox Political articles touched on this class war – the first implied it, the second made it explicit. Today I opened Twitter to discover those words all over the place: The A levels are the ruling class brazenly saying – “we’ll fix society now like we always have” Only thing, this time you can see the workings Mind you, anyone who dares to REALLY challenge…

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Covid class war: Tories are forcing food poverty through the roof as poor people face risk of poisoning

How is Fat Boris Johnson going to justify his silly campaign to make people eat more healthily when so many of us are getting money from food banks, or buying the cheapest (and therefore least healthy) available because we can’t afford anything else? A new report by the Food Standards Agency has revealed that the Covid-19 crisis – and the Conservative government’s decisions relating to it – have caused a huge increase in referrals to food banks. Because the Tories couldn’t be bothered to ensure the financial security of the…

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The Tory squeeze is on: one in four adults are struggling to buy food in Covid-19 pandemic

The Tories are using the Covid-19 crisis to force more of the UK’s struggling population into poverty, it seems, with increasing reliance on food banks as disposable incomes plummet: One in four adults in the UK have struggled to access food they can afford during the coronavirus pandemic, leaving them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition, a new report warns. Research by Feeding Britain and Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab indicates a far broader group of households, in addition to the poorest, are now struggling to pay the bills and…

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Struggling food banks move towards home deliveries. Why not deliver government packages?

Duplication is a waste of effort. But it seems both the government and the food bank network are arranging deliveries to people who have become vulnerable, including because of the coronavirus crisis. Why don’t they just work together? Many [food banks] are attempting to switch gears and move into the home delivery of emergency food packages. Food banks across the UK are struggling to stay open as the coronavirus outbreak continues to cause a sharp decline in volunteers and a shortage of food donations. It comes as a new survey…

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Supermarket and superstar donate cash for coronavirus causes; Johnson remains a super-dud

Remember when B&M donated £1 million to food banks to bridge the supply gap caused by coronavirus? We all praised that company to the hilt. So let’s give at least as much praise to Morrisons for donating 10 times as much to food banks – in fresh food from its bakery, egg and fruit & vegetable packing sites. And the supermarket firm is also encouraging donations by converting its now-closed in-store cafes into donation hubs. And let’s also praise movie star James McAvoy, who has donated £275,000 of his own…

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B&M is donating £1million to UK food banks to fight coronavirus-related supply gap

This is wonderful news and B&M has set an excellent example for other businesses to follow. I hope they will. Food banks have been struggling as members of the public quit funding and donating to them in order to panic-buy goods in anticipation of the coronavirus crisis. Discount retailer B&M [has] announced a national £1 million donation to support UK food banks. Each one of its 670 stores will support a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation of food, cleaning and personal hygiene goods to reach struggling families. Source: B&M is…

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Panic-buyers are starving food bank users of milk and other essentials

What is this modern fad of panic-buying all the time? The current phase – prompted by the coronavirus – could do more to starve the poor than years of Tory persecution. Panic-buying isn’t a new thing; every time there’s a bank holiday weekend, the shelves of This Writer’s local supermarkets empty as local residents stock up to avoid the hardships of a single extra day without a shop. I don’t get it. Just do a normal weekly shop and you’ll be fine. Worse still, as shelves are cleared of toilet rolls…

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Is Plymouth the first city to report widespread STARVATION due to Tory policies?

This report on Plymouth Live should be shocking – but is it? Some of us have lived with the consequences of Conservative government benefit deprivation for years, and have recorded many, many deaths arising from these cruel and unnecessary policies. Now the food bank at Plymouth is reporting widespread starvation throughout that city. The report states that more than a third of food voucher recipients there are children. And some are in work that does not pay enough for them to afford food after paying off other household bills – once…

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Universal Credit forces ‘sandwich at Christmas’ claimant to beg supermarkets for food

It took This Writer a while to understand this. Not only did the Department for Work and Pensions – through its function (you can’t call it a benefit) Universal Credit – penalise a woman who has had several strokes, including a rare spinal cord stroke resulting in lack of mobility which means she needs to use a wheelchair… Not only did it take so much away from Carol Brice of Bridgwater that her Christmas dinner was a sandwich… Not only was it pilloried by public opinion after this treatment became commonly-known……

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Johnson’s Britain: thugs think it’s okay to vandalise a food bank and force people to starve

This is where divide-and-conquer policies like those of Boris Johnson take us. He has taken a few leaves out of Adolf Hitler’s book, and it shows. By creating division between people, he both distracts them from the harm he is doing to them all and drums up support for at least some of that harm when he pretends to take a side. In fact, he doesn’t care about any of the antagonists he has created; he just wants to profit from the strife he has created. In the latest manifestation…

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