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Instead of taking the issue of a million British children going hungry over the school holidays seriously, Simon Hoare, the Tory MP for North Dorset, decided to make a joke about it.
Jeremy Corbyn initially tweeted a link to a recent Huff Post article that stated new figures showed a million children could go hungry this summer.Corbyn added:
This is a national disgrace. We can’t have millions of children going hungry over the school holidays.
This is a national disgrace. We can't have millions of children going hungry over the school holidays. https://t.co/fy132BmgXZ
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) July 28, 2017
But rather than show concern for the fact that children were going hungry under the governance of his party, or actually say what the Tories planned to do about it, Conservative MP Hoare decided to try and mock Jeremy Corbyn by implying he had a Messiah complex for caring about hungry children.
Go on Jezza: do your thing with the loaves and fishes! Best to stop walking on the water before you do though.
Go on Jezza: do your thing with the loaves and fishes! Best to stop walking on the water before you do though https://t.co/h7s1es2Jk4
— Simon Hoare MP (@Simon4NDorset) July 28, 2017
However, what’s even more worrying is that Simon Hoare’s crass comments seem to imply that children going hungry is simply unavoidable: that only a miracle could stop it. Not only is this a despicably short-sighted view, it’s also patently untrue.
Poverty is completely avoidable, and all the statistics show that everything the Tories have done since coming to power has made the situation worse.
Figures show that the number of food parcels sent out by the Trussell Trust alone increased from 40,898 to 1,182,954 between 2010 and 2016-17 – an unbelievable increase of 2,792% since the Tories came to power.
To make matters worse for the Tories, a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger estimates that over half of the emergency food issued in Britain comes from organisations other than the Trussell Trust – meaning that the true scale of hunger in the UK is almost certainly far greater than is currently being reported.
Hoare’s comments are solely intended to distract from the fact that the Tories’ disgraceful governance is the real cause of rising poverty in Britain.
A recent report from Oxford University shows that the Tories’ agenda of stripping down the welfare state and implementing unessecary sanctions on benefit claimaints are a key driver of hunger and food bank use.
Britain is the sixth richest country in the world, and Corbyn is spot on for branding a million hungry children as a national disgrace.
The only thing stopping the eradication of poverty is the fact that Britain’s wealth is distributed extremely unfairly. There is so obviously enough money and enough food to go around, but the Tories are extremely keen that people don’t realise this for themselves.
However, as each day passes, more and more people are beginning to realise just how unfair our current system is to everybody but the gilded elite. It’s time we elected someone who would truly change things for the better – and believe it or not, I think I know just the guy.
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