You think coronavirus is a deadly contagion but the Tories seem to think it’s a money-making opportunity.
Here’s what’s happening, according to The Guardian. I’ll lay out what it means below:
Millions of British people are already struggling to get the food they need and are falling into debt because of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey carried out this week suggests.
More than 1.5 million adults in Britain say they cannot obtain enough food. Half of the YouGov poll sample reported that they were self-isolating, and 53% of NHS workers were worried about getting food.
Half of parents on low incomes with children eligible for free school meals said they had not yet received any substitute meals to keep their children fed, despite government promises to provide food vouchers or parcels. Around 830,000 children are therefore likely to be going without daily sustenance.
On 21 March the government instructed people at greater risk of Covid-19 to stay in their homes and self-isolate for 12 weeks. It said it would contact 1.5 million people in this category and set up a system with local authorities, voluntary organisations and business to deliver food parcels to the homes of those who lacked family support.
Military planners have been assigned to work with councils, but the Guardian understands that the scheme is not yet running and will take a few weeks to scale up to supplying food to 400,000 people. The Food Foundation has calculated that more than twice that number – 860,000 people who fall into the medically vulnerable category – were suffering from food insecurity even before the crisis.
The government of the United Kingdom could put the systems in place to get food to people within minutes if it so desired.
So we have to ask why this has not been done.
The obvious answer is: money.
People in debt end up not only owing the amount of the debt but interest on it as well. They become long-term sources of income to their creditors.
And what’s the easiest way to make people borrow? Simple: depriving them of food.
Why do you think the Tories are so keen for so many people to claim Universal Credit? It’s a debt-creation machine; the five-week wait for payments means you have to borrow money.
It’s the “zombie economy” but using private money instead of national funds.
And by attacking the poor and vulnerable, it’s practically a guarantee that these people will never be able to pay it off.
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