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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Bank of England pumps £100bn into UK economy – but who gets the money?

This is a wake-up call. If you’ve seen reports that the Bank of England is bailing out the UK economy with £100 billion of what’s called QE (quantitative easing), you may have been lulled into a belief that everything’s going to be fine. You would be mistaken. The UK economy has taken a pounding because of the Covid-19 crisis. We are currently in the grip of an economic recession that makes the 2008/9 financial crisis look like the temporary misplacement of a back-pocket fiver. In March, the economy shrank by…

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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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Bank’s Universal Credit delay means dilemma for single mum

This is the problem with a benefit that puts people too close to starvation. When a fault at Clydesdale Bank meant her £410 Universal Credit payment was delayed by up to a week, single mum Megan Devine, of Glasgow, was left with no money to feed herself and her baby daughter Mairead, or to heat their home. Her family can’t help as they don’t have any money to spare either. It’s the kind of cock-up that puts lives at risk – for no reason. Some might question how an 18-year-old…

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Labour would halt RBS privatisation – in return for investment

  This looks like Labour’s plan for a national investment bank, writ smaller. A Labour government would halt privatisation because it would not profit the state. This makes perfect sense – far more than the current Tory plan to sell to the rich at a loss for the poor. But the offer is only to delay continued privatisation of RBS – and only if the bank commits itself to lending money to the regions, and to small businesses. For This Writer, it is not enough. RBS played a large part…

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Would YOU accept a £50 note with Margaret Thatcher’s face on it? [POLL]

It seems the competition to be the face on the back of the new £50 note has come down to contenders including Stephen Hawking and Margaret Thatcher. According to the Bank of England, the intention is for the space to be occupied by a scientist. The late Professor Hawking certainly qualifies. But you could be forgiven for wondering what Mrs Thatcher’s contribution may have been. I’ll tell you: She was part of a team who devised a way of injecting air into ice cream to make it look like there is…

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The berk and the burqa (or Boris Johnson strikes again)

At long last, Boris Johnson’s racism is being addressed – and at just the wrong moment for the Conservative Party. The Tories have been quiet for a week, allowing their poodles in the mass media to feast on the Labour “anti-Semitism” row – and it seems likely Theresa May was hoping none of her MPs would do anything stupid enough to raise a comparison. And then Mr Johnson opened his mouth, said Muslim women in burqas resemble letterboxes and bank robbers, and reopened the Tory “Islamophobia” row. Tory chairman Brandon…

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Tory war on the sick: We are sending people to foodbanks so they can take medicine

Recently This Writer was attacked for suggesting that the Conservative Government is committing covert genocide on people with long-term illnesses and disabilities. The claim was that it is entirely wrong to compare what my critic called “controlling benefit expenditure” with genocide. But here’s the thing: It is precisely the control of benefit expenditure that makes it impossible for some people to take their medicine. If they can’t take their medicine, they can’t control their illnesses. If they can’t control their illnesses then, ultimately, they die. The Tories and their cheerleaders…

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Someone tell Philip Hammond – BREXIT is causing the productivity gap, not disabled people!

Remember this? Absolutely shocking Tory Chancellor Phillip Hammond should resign immediately .. he just blamed this Govts failure on low productivity on disabled people.. why?? That’s awful.. and also malicious and discriminatory.. — ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) December 6, 2017 He was lying, of course. There was no evidence to even suggest that disabled people in the workforce were responsible for the growing productivity gap. But if Brexit really is keeping that gap open, you can see why Mr Hammond would want to mislead the nation. It goes against…

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