Owen Jones treats us to another tirade, this time on the iniquity of the existence of food banks. Us adults take a rather different view. We’re simply overjoyed that such as the Trussell Trust exists even if we rather bemoan the reason why it and those food banks do. The reason being, of course, that government is incompetent. Yea, even only partially competent at the task of handing out free money.
But, you know, try telling the kids of today that, eh?
And yet Britain is a nation in which hundreds of thousands of people cannot afford to eat. Last year, 1.3m food parcels were given to an estimated 666,000 people by the Trussell Trust alone. In areas where the disastrous universal credit scheme has been rolled out in full, food bank usage has jumped by four times as much, or an average 52% increase. Here is a damning indictment not just of a Tory government that has waged a ceaseless war against the welfare state, but also of the entire social order.
It’s not because of a war against the welfare state even as it is because of the welfare state. Further, the need for food banks is nothing new, it’s just that we now have food banks to fill that need.
But the existence of food banks to satisfy hunger in a society so abundant with wealth – albeit concentrated in the bank accounts, property portfolios and dividends of a few – should shame us all. Food banks should not exist – not a single one – in an economically developed nation seven decades after the construction of a welfare state. There is a danger that food banks have become normalised, regarded as a desperately sad but inevitable feature of the country’s social landscape.
The existence of the need for food banks is regrettable, their existence is a joy to behold. For the hungry are being fed which is rather what we want to be happening, isn’t it?
For there’s one thing we all need to know about food banks. The largest reason for referral is the government itself getting the benefits it is supposed to be paying wrong. Yup, that’s right, it’s not because benefits are too low, not even because of sanctions on benefits that were being paid, it’s simple incompetence. Those scrotes we employ, with our money, are incapable of giving the right amount of our money to the chavs we’ve decided it should go to.
Given that this is so we’d really very much like the hungry to be fed while the scrotes extract digits from fundaments – if that will ever happen. We’re thus delighted that food banks exist because as private sector organisations they’re rather more efficient than the scrotes employed in the bureaucracy, aren’t they? You know, given the evidence that they’re able to get food to people who desire it?
There is a greater importance to this of course. Owen Jones looks at the cock up of the handing out free money stuff perpetrated by government and decides that he’d like all housing, all schooling, all investment, the entire planning of the economy, to be handled by the proven incompetents. Adults have the occasional problem with this logic but, you know, teenagers, eh?