Food poverty: MPs call on government to step up help
07/04/2021 | news | business | 1,241
A report calls on the government to create a food security minister to protect the vulnerable.
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07/04/2021 10:08:58 17 17
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Just give the job to Marcus Rashford, he's done far more about child poverty in the UK over the past year than the tories have done in much longer.
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07/04/2021 10:13:36 12 21
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Nobody voted for Marcus's policies, though
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07/04/2021 10:09:07 8 17
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The cost of providing universal access to nutritional food would be negated by the corresponding proportional reduction in costs to the NHS
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07/04/2021 10:11:23 3 16
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It's a no brainer and will save money in the long run.
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07/04/2021 10:09:49 14 15
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Rees-Mogg should be made Minster for Food Security. He described foodbanks as "rather uplifting" and said the only reason for the rise in their use was "that people know that they are there". He needs to see the real effects of Tory policy on ordinary people.
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07/04/2021 10:12:45 3 16
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Food banks and charities are a god send

I wish they'd been around in the seventies when daily hunger pains interrupted my sleep
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07/04/2021 10:47:24 1 2
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Thoroughly bad idea: he's not perceptive or compassionate enough to notice that a lot of the citizens he is paid to serve are unable to afford food or housing, & does not care that inadequate wages shored up by meagre welfare does not meet their needs.
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07/04/2021 10:10:15 7 17
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Every one has the right to proper Nutrition =good health
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07/04/2021 10:30:37 3 11
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You are what you eat and I'm a country vegetable soup.
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07/04/2021 10:26:54 2 0
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If they make an effort to feed themselves. Have rights, but also have responsibilities.
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07/04/2021 10:10:55 46 12
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This an area where calling for the closure of tax havens/loopholes needs to be strongly argued for: get those cheating the tax system to pay their fair share in to make more money available to combat poverty and other issues where shortfalls in finances limit action.
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07/04/2021 10:22:35 32 43
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Another rant against those using legal means to reduce their tax bill
Every individual and business should strive to reduce their tax bill
Taxes are too high, governments - central and local - waste money on non cost effective bright ideas.
Reduce the number of MPs and local councillors by at least 50% If a project is cost effective the private sector will provide it
08/04/2021 12:53:04 1 1
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No hope, the UK is ahead of all other countries in facilitating tax avoidance.
08/04/2021 15:53:29 0 0
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I assume you are referring to Google/Apple/Amazon and the Royal Family.
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07/04/2021 10:11:17 6 10
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I wonder how long the government will try and blame Covid for all the UK’s ills?
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07/04/2021 10:14:29 4 17
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blame game mentality , works both ways
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07/04/2021 10:19:37 1 1
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Eternity. Or unril we get a Labour government, when it will become their fault.
Almost as if the last 10 years haven't happened.
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07/04/2021 10:36:48 0 0
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I wonder how long people like you will blame the government for everything and expect them to solve every problem?
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07/04/2021 10:09:07 8 17
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The cost of providing universal access to nutritional food would be negated by the corresponding proportional reduction in costs to the NHS
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07/04/2021 10:11:23 3 16
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It's a no brainer and will save money in the long run.
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07/04/2021 10:12:15 192 74
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Its time to start paying the majority of benifits in tokens, tokens for food, tokens for energy etc..
This will ensure that the benifit goes towards what is essential in life.
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07/04/2021 10:29:13 28 79
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Include a complimentary "I've had my Covid vaccination" tattoo

Happy Days
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07/04/2021 10:51:23 20 9
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Then the Tokens Black Market steps in ?
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07/04/2021 10:53:43 32 29
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Have you any idea of the administration cost of a system like that. Mind you the Tories could let it out to one of their friends and really waste some money.
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07/04/2021 10:54:34 34 9
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Why not just have soup kitchens in the streets like it was in the good old days?

Or reopen the workhouses...

Note: this post contains irony.
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07/04/2021 10:58:08 34 30
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How about if you were paid in tokens too? How can we be sure that you are spending your money in the 'right' way? Or does it only apply to people less fortunate than you?
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07/04/2021 11:01:47 27 9
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Tokens?
why not cut the red tape and give universal tokens or money as modern people call it?
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07/04/2021 11:10:45 13 16
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So rationing then?

Sounds marxist
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07/04/2021 11:24:55 28 11
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"This will ensure that the benifit goes towards what is essential in life."

Such as buying a dictionary perhaps?
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07/04/2021 11:34:57 28 8
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It’s time those who have so much cash they stash it in offshore tax havens were taxed so they didn’t need to bother
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Raj
07/04/2021 12:26:41 6 16
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Exactly... agree 100 percent..
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07/04/2021 13:33:51 7 9
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I have thought that for many years. Our benefits system was only envisaged as a safety net to protect the poorest in society on a temporary basis but now it is exploited by those who know how to fiddle the system & has become a lifestyle choice for many. Many of those who plead poverty continue to drink/smoke making it bad for those genuinely in need.
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07/04/2021 14:30:59 3 2
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Have you ever been in a supermarket queue waiting for an age because someone's food vouchers not working on the system?! Thought not!

But then again I do realise the trolling nature of your comment. Did you know that Cameron stopped rent and mortgage direct payments to businesses from claimants benefit entitlement?
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07/04/2021 20:27:36 2 0
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Why is that? Cameron never expected Greensill to pay him in vouchers.
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08/04/2021 07:59:17 3 0
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Blaming poor people for being poor is outrageous. The vast majority are poor and forced to use food banks because they are not paid enough for the hard work they do for much richer people.
It's time tabloid indoctrinated boomer babies shut up. Sit down, grandad. Removed
08/04/2021 09:19:18 2 0
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It not about Benefits it is the fact that many people are in poverty are actually working but are unable to earn enough because of low wages, they are in a Catch 22 position, Work and be poor not Work and be poor, Low wages is the real problem not benefits, I am on a Board of a Charity that assists these people and there are up to Three and a half million of them.
08/04/2021 11:00:41 1 0
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I spent around 6 months unemployed about 15 years ago. The consequence of being on contractual employment. The benefits didn't go very far and I did go hungry sometimes. I certainly didn't buy any luxuries and had a pay-as-you-go phone contract. What is "essential in life" is a very loaded term.
08/04/2021 12:59:00 0 0
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I think it will always be an issue that benefits are not spent on the items they are paid to cover. Not sure that tokens are the answer - people would just sell the tokens for cash.
08/04/2021 15:35:13 0 0
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You are a miserable excuse for a human being.
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07/04/2021 10:12:27 10 8
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Surely it's more important that we divert the money away from feeding children so our MPs can continue to enjoy a subsidised bar in central London?

If children need to eat then I'm sure some footballer can pick up the slack?
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07/04/2021 10:16:46 12 20
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£280bn has been spent on welfare support

Never ruddy satisfied.
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07/04/2021 10:09:49 14 15
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Rees-Mogg should be made Minster for Food Security. He described foodbanks as "rather uplifting" and said the only reason for the rise in their use was "that people know that they are there". He needs to see the real effects of Tory policy on ordinary people.
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07/04/2021 10:12:45 3 16
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Food banks and charities are a god send

I wish they'd been around in the seventies when daily hunger pains interrupted my sleep
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07/04/2021 10:16:16 2 3
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Rees-Mogg has six kids and lives on an estate. It must be hard for his nanny to feed them all.
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07/04/2021 10:13:10 7 9
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It's sad that people stigmatise anyone in poverty as a scrounger who prefers to spend their money on plasma TVs, lottery tickets, cigarettes et al. This heartless demonsation has now extended to people on furlough. In the meantime, poverty just increases.
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07/04/2021 10:13:31 2 4
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Yes, the taxpayer can pay for it all.
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07/04/2021 10:42:06 2 2
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That, my friend, is what I very happily pay taxes for!

If only our money was not being misappropriated & wasted, placed into the pockets of themselves & their cronies.
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07/04/2021 10:08:58 17 17
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Just give the job to Marcus Rashford, he's done far more about child poverty in the UK over the past year than the tories have done in much longer.
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07/04/2021 10:13:36 12 21
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Nobody voted for Marcus's policies, though
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07/04/2021 10:17:32 2 5
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Oh so you would vote against feeding kids then?
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07/04/2021 10:49:20 1 3
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He has more sense than to become a politician. He'd rather do some good as an entertainer in his day job & with his charitable work.
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07/04/2021 10:13:50 8 12
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It would help if we had a government who actually cares about this issue and had the political will to seriously tackle it.
But we don't.
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07/04/2021 10:19:12 3 19
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This whole article is about the government having a word with itself to tackle food poverty

You're very welcome.
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07/04/2021 10:34:18 0 0
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It would help if people raised that Labour politicians don't care either. They are too bust following a woke agenda.
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jon
07/04/2021 10:13:55 42 17
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The government provides a child allowance benefit to enable parents to provide adequate nutrition for their children. What’s going on? Are tinned baked beans and chips the best we can do for eligible free school meals?
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07/04/2021 10:16:15 35 18
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Obviously, the want to 'double their money'. Collect the child allowance cash, and then have extra food cash as well. Quids in !!
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07/04/2021 11:40:17 2 2
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Yes beans and potatoes in any form are superior to any middle class affected drivel of their fad healthy foods. Such attitudes are exactly the problem. Imposing the diet of the rich fools on the ordinary.
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07/04/2021 10:12:13 10 12
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In a decade of Tory government it’s only got worse and they consistently vote against new measures to fight the poverty that they have made worse. The best thing you can do is to stop voting for them. They don’t give a stuff about poor families.
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07/04/2021 10:33:03 6 3
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And Labour don't give a stuff about working class people. They are obsessed with woke race and gender politics.
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LEO
07/04/2021 10:36:47 1 1
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There is no alternative Picard.

We are surrounded by STUPID
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07/04/2021 10:11:17 6 10
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I wonder how long the government will try and blame Covid for all the UK’s ills?
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07/04/2021 10:14:29 4 17
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blame game mentality , works both ways
If you're defending our MPs, then why did you also post the following in reponse to Strawcat 11:09?

"Food banks and charities are a god send

I wish they'd been around in the seventies when daily hunger pains interrupted my sleep"

You account for most the posts on this article already - you're just a troll looking for attention and I pity you.
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07/04/2021 10:15:29 4 5
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Food banks are not the answer. Neither is having to continually raise prices to counter inflation.
People cannot buy what they want, in the quantity or quality they want in the supermarkets. Or make the cheapest choice of utility contract easily.
If the government regulated supermarkets unfair and confusing unit prices food banks would not be needed. Better, stop inflation for shareholder profit
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07/04/2021 10:31:48 3 1
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If only it were that simple. Direct government interference in food prices is what dictators do, usually with dire economic results.
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07/04/2021 10:15:49 7 5
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Why feed the poor
Oh let’s do via distribution companies that way our mates can take a hefty cut and poor get crap food

Now who led test and trace. She’ll do a cracking good job on this too

Tally ho
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07/04/2021 10:16:03 12 8
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Anyone calling for foreign aid to be cut so we can "look after our own" should be actively demanding more is done to combat this problem. Arguing otherwise is double standards.
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07/04/2021 10:24:02 1 17
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It's called a General Election

You're very welcome.
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jon
07/04/2021 10:13:55 42 17
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The government provides a child allowance benefit to enable parents to provide adequate nutrition for their children. What’s going on? Are tinned baked beans and chips the best we can do for eligible free school meals?
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07/04/2021 10:16:15 35 18
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Obviously, the want to 'double their money'. Collect the child allowance cash, and then have extra food cash as well. Quids in !!
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07/04/2021 10:32:56 2 0
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How? one of these is received by the parent and the other by the school..
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07/04/2021 10:41:01 4 1
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Care to offer any evidence this is actually happening, or will you just continue to spout utter uninformed tripe?
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Pip
07/04/2021 10:42:27 4 2
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You're 'obviously' someone who doesn't know what they're talking about..........?
08/04/2021 16:00:09 0 0
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These BBC HYS comments shows what a nasty judgemental race the British have become under the Tories. YUCK!
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07/04/2021 10:12:45 3 16
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Food banks and charities are a god send

I wish they'd been around in the seventies when daily hunger pains interrupted my sleep
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07/04/2021 10:16:16 2 3
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Rees-Mogg has six kids and lives on an estate. It must be hard for his nanny to feed them all.
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07/04/2021 10:16:17 8 10
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Get MP'S to live at the same level as the food impoverished for a month; they have no idea how " normal" people have to survive.
The greatest shame should have been when nurses had to go to food banks to feed their children. Yes, that was exceptional, but it should never have happened.
JRM would like to go back to the Victorian times he so admires.
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07/04/2021 10:20:36 5 19
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You have no idea of the poverty some MPs have risen from.
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07/04/2021 10:28:43 4 0
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Divisive nonsense.
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07/04/2021 10:12:27 10 8
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Surely it's more important that we divert the money away from feeding children so our MPs can continue to enjoy a subsidised bar in central London?

If children need to eat then I'm sure some footballer can pick up the slack?
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07/04/2021 10:16:46 12 20
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£280bn has been spent on welfare support

Never ruddy satisfied.
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07/04/2021 10:52:56 2 1
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No, and we won't be satisfied until every person with a full-time job earns enough to feed, clothe, & house themselves (& dependents); & every person not in paid employment is given adequate support to live.
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07/04/2021 10:13:36 12 21
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Nobody voted for Marcus's policies, though
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07/04/2021 10:17:32 2 5
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Oh so you would vote against feeding kids then?
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07/04/2021 10:27:46 3 1
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I would vote against people who don't try to feed their kids.
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07/04/2021 10:18:06 103 43
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Good food has probably never been cheaper, this is often about stupid people making the wrong choices on how they spend their money.
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07/04/2021 10:21:31 20 30
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And hidden sugar.
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07/04/2021 10:25:07 7 18
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No it's about stupid politicians in government making the wrong choices for UK citizens!
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07/04/2021 10:26:29 6 7
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Good people have to pay three times as much for healthy food compared to unhealthy food according the notorious left wing rag the telegraph:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/eating-healthy-diet-expensive-many-britons-research-finds/#:~:text=There%20is%20continuing%20divergence%20between,of%20the%20same%20calorific%20value.
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07/04/2021 10:27:01 9 6
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No. Most likely it's about people working so many hours to pay the mortgage, that they do have time time to shop for, or prepare, the healthiest options, even if they were cheapest.

Mummy is unlikely to be a pinafored, calico-dressed, housewife nowadays, you know, even if they'd want to be. Thatcher's "equal opportunity" put an end to that a long, long time ago.
Choice became economic compulsion.
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07/04/2021 10:29:29 7 6
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Tommy, you say good food ha never been cheaper.
Every day of my life supermarkets have been cutting the price of food. So why is it now 50 times dearer? If the governments stop trashing the pound it would help. But mainly neither the producers or the users get a good deal on anything. The poor have to pay for all the packaging, the processing and the advertising. Cheap food is often rubbish.
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07/04/2021 13:01:38 9 0
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I once heard it said that fried chicken shops dominate poor areas.

Times when I was short of money (student, high interest rates meaning the mortgage did not leave enough to live on) the last thing I would spend on was takeaways.

Part of it IS bad choices, part is other things such as other unavoidable costs such as housing, council tax not leaving enough to live on.
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07/04/2021 14:44:17 2 5
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No, this is about people making stupid comments about something they clearly have no knowledge of, or empathy for!
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07/04/2021 10:13:50 8 12
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It would help if we had a government who actually cares about this issue and had the political will to seriously tackle it.
But we don't.
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07/04/2021 10:19:12 3 19
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This whole article is about the government having a word with itself to tackle food poverty

You're very welcome.
If only you had the wit to wonder why it has taken them this long?
Fat chance of that though, eh?
Jog on.
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07/04/2021 10:11:17 6 10
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I wonder how long the government will try and blame Covid for all the UK’s ills?
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07/04/2021 10:19:37 1 1
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Eternity. Or unril we get a Labour government, when it will become their fault.
Almost as if the last 10 years haven't happened.
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07/04/2021 10:20:30 6 4
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Shrinkflation, by which I mean that the package is reduced in size, but the price remains the same, or higher, is everywhere, & has food inflation in the high teens % at least.
Sneaky robbery by supermarkets.
When covid is over, I'll never shop in a supermarket again; thieving swines.
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07/04/2021 11:21:14 2 1
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Why do you have to wait until Covid is over to switch from supermarkets? The fishmonger's, butcher's, bakery's, greengrocer's and farm shops in my town and the surrounding area have remained open throughout the pandemic as they are all classed as essential.

I imagine your switching threat is more likely just an empty statement rather than something you will actually follow through on.
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07/04/2021 10:16:17 8 10
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Get MP'S to live at the same level as the food impoverished for a month; they have no idea how " normal" people have to survive.
The greatest shame should have been when nurses had to go to food banks to feed their children. Yes, that was exceptional, but it should never have happened.
JRM would like to go back to the Victorian times he so admires.
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07/04/2021 10:20:36 5 19
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You have no idea of the poverty some MPs have risen from.
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07/04/2021 10:29:40 2 0
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Or that many Labour MPs come from privileged backgrounds.
08/04/2021 08:59:15 0 0
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Like who for example and the party they represent.
Go on provide evidence please.
Somehow.....
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07/04/2021 10:21:10 12 2
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I totally agree with the sentiment - but before people judge they need to consider how it is achieved. Putting ever more limited financial support into pockets of people already struggling to budget properly does not address food poverty. School meals do so directly as they get food into kids' bellies. That is a huge challenge to replicate in wider society
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07/04/2021 18:59:22 1 1
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They are developing a command economy and the tentacles of the state are expanding. Free money and free food and a situation of utter dependency. As long as the proles do what they are told by the nutters who are destroying the economy in the first place.
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07/04/2021 10:18:06 103 43
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Good food has probably never been cheaper, this is often about stupid people making the wrong choices on how they spend their money.
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07/04/2021 10:21:31 20 30
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And hidden sugar.
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07/04/2021 11:34:16 1 11
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There is not a thing 'bad' about sugar. It is just the new and current lie. Since they lost the sat fat lie when all realised they were lying.
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07/04/2021 10:21:47 80 34
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"There are 5.9 million adults in the UK who experienced food poverty in the six months up to February and 1.7 million children living in food-insecure households, according to the report."

In this age of generous child benefits that takes some believing. Perhaps priorities are being skewered for some? (not saying all, but some)
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07/04/2021 10:34:17 51 39
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Perhaps you should take a look in your local food bank, you will be surprised who is actually in Poverty, most are working and nothing to do with Benefits, Low Wages and part Time work creates this problem.
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07/04/2021 10:35:47 4 3
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"Here are the facts but I chose to believe it is something else based on my own perceptions"....

If you think this then that is fine but if you are going to assert that this is the exact reason then evidence where you are coming from or jog on.
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Pip
07/04/2021 10:36:39 3 3
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Making it up as you go along doesn't improve your argument............?
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07/04/2021 12:58:29 5 2
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Indeed - these incapables then bleat that they want others to spoon-feed their kids during half-term, despite the child support they all get and the generous extra £1,000 UC given during covid. You could triple benefits and all that would happen is more bling and still queuing at the foodbank with their hands out.
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07/04/2021 14:38:15 3 4
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A single mother with a newborn is expected to pay for food and bills from 140 per week. Yes rent is paid but council tax, electric, water and everything else a baby might need has to come out of this..
It's not enough, nowhere near!!

Stop blaming people and look at the system. It's not generous. We demonise benefit claimants but let off the super rich tax dodgers hiding their billions offshore!
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07/04/2021 14:45:31 2 2
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Spot the Tory Bot Propaganda Machine in full working order spreading myths and distorting the truth.
08/04/2021 15:46:54 0 0
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You should try and live on Universal Credit then come on HYS and brag about how good it is.
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07/04/2021 10:14:29 4 17
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blame game mentality , works both ways
If you're defending our MPs, then why did you also post the following in reponse to Strawcat 11:09?

"Food banks and charities are a god send

I wish they'd been around in the seventies when daily hunger pains interrupted my sleep"

You account for most the posts on this article already - you're just a troll looking for attention and I pity you.
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07/04/2021 10:42:54 1 1
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If you read the article you will see that the MPs I am defending are the MPs that are having a word with themselves

I am having my say and I do this regularly and with curtesy to all other posters
I pity those who cannot do the same.
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07/04/2021 10:22:05 6 4
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As climate change gathers pace, the real meaning of food poverty is going to be quite a surprise for many.
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07/04/2021 10:29:48 2 2
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More CO2 = more photosynthesis = more at the bottom of the food chain.
This should make you happy.
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07/04/2021 10:19:12 3 19
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This whole article is about the government having a word with itself to tackle food poverty

You're very welcome.
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If only you had the wit to wonder why it has taken them this long?
Fat chance of that though, eh?
Jog on.
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07/04/2021 10:34:58 1 3
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rude
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07/04/2021 10:22:32 24 7
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These backbench committees do churn out some nonsense.

Keeps them busy I suppose.
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07/04/2021 10:25:09 13 18
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Other people's money , though
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07/04/2021 10:10:55 46 12
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This an area where calling for the closure of tax havens/loopholes needs to be strongly argued for: get those cheating the tax system to pay their fair share in to make more money available to combat poverty and other issues where shortfalls in finances limit action.
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07/04/2021 10:22:35 32 43
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Another rant against those using legal means to reduce their tax bill
Every individual and business should strive to reduce their tax bill
Taxes are too high, governments - central and local - waste money on non cost effective bright ideas.
Reduce the number of MPs and local councillors by at least 50% If a project is cost effective the private sector will provide it
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07/04/2021 10:43:10 13 2
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Just like test and trace????
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07/04/2021 10:44:09 15 3
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If the taxation system was sorted out to close loopholes & ensure everyone paid their fair share, we'd ALL be paying less.
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07/04/2021 10:56:34 17 2
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The legality is in question when those benefitting from the tax loopholes are the ones setting the laws.
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07/04/2021 10:58:02 9 2
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It may be cost effective until certain parts of the private sector get hold of it then costs shoot up and when they can't squeeze any more cash out of it they walk away leaving the public purse to pick up the pieces.
Jeremy Hunt avoided paying stamp duty on 7 flats because his mate Osborn made buying more than 6 exempt. The Tory treasurer put all of his company profits in an offshore account!
£37bn of tax payers money for a T&T system run by their mates thats a shambles.
This is a corrupt govt. of millionaires who rig the system and help themselves to OUR MONEY, whilst avoiding contributing like everyone else!
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07/04/2021 22:50:47 5 1
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"If a project is cost effective the private sector will provide it"

Perhaps you'd explain:

https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2020/jan/us-health-care-global-perspective-2019

"The U.S. spends more on health care as a share of the economy — nearly twice as much as the average OECD country — yet has the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rates among the 11 nations."
08/04/2021 15:54:16 0 0
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Another rant against those using legal means to reduce their tax bill said Alan the Tax Accountant.
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07/04/2021 10:23:20 10 14
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Many children & also adults are living in homes with not enough good food due to low wages of their parents and low benefits. This shouldn't be happening in 2021 in the UK but it is apparently because of Tory policies of low benefits for unemployed or low waged. The Tories should not be allowing people to go hungry! Benefits need to be increased!There is also a terrible housing crisis for many!
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07/04/2021 10:25:39 15 6
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"The Tories should not be allowing people to go hungry! "

In this age of Child benefits the parents should not allow their children to go hungry.
47
07/04/2021 10:27:09 2 1
bbc
Poverty is a long-standing problem. It is not due solely to what you call 'Tory policies'.
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07/04/2021 10:28:00 7 0
bbc
Are the parents not responsible? If you can't afford to feed your children,. should you be having them?
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07/04/2021 11:03:26 1 0
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tripe
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07/04/2021 10:16:03 12 8
bbc
Anyone calling for foreign aid to be cut so we can "look after our own" should be actively demanding more is done to combat this problem. Arguing otherwise is double standards.
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07/04/2021 10:24:02 1 17
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It's called a General Election

You're very welcome.
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07/04/2021 10:18:06 103 43
bbc
Good food has probably never been cheaper, this is often about stupid people making the wrong choices on how they spend their money.
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07/04/2021 10:25:07 7 18
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No it's about stupid politicians in government making the wrong choices for UK citizens!
37
07/04/2021 10:22:32 24 7
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These backbench committees do churn out some nonsense.

Keeps them busy I suppose.
42
07/04/2021 10:25:09 13 18
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Other people's money , though
39
07/04/2021 10:23:20 10 14
bbc
Many children & also adults are living in homes with not enough good food due to low wages of their parents and low benefits. This shouldn't be happening in 2021 in the UK but it is apparently because of Tory policies of low benefits for unemployed or low waged. The Tories should not be allowing people to go hungry! Benefits need to be increased!There is also a terrible housing crisis for many!
43
07/04/2021 10:25:39 15 6
bbc
"The Tories should not be allowing people to go hungry! "

In this age of Child benefits the parents should not allow their children to go hungry.
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Pip
07/04/2021 10:34:18 0 1
bbc
Pretty stupid comment, if the benefit is a pittance of no benefit............?
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07/04/2021 10:52:23 1 0
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When i was growing up my parents put us kids first. There were days where they'd only have one meal so that we could have at least 2. Folk blame the government but ultimately it's parents responsibility to spend what money they have wisely.
44
07/04/2021 10:26:07 1 9
bbc
Rick Stein creates Food Poverty
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07/04/2021 10:18:06 103 43
bbc
Good food has probably never been cheaper, this is often about stupid people making the wrong choices on how they spend their money.
45
07/04/2021 10:26:29 6 7
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Good people have to pay three times as much for healthy food compared to unhealthy food according the notorious left wing rag the telegraph:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/eating-healthy-diet-expensive-many-britons-research-finds/#:~:text=There%20is%20continuing%20divergence%20between,of%20the%20same%20calorific%20value.
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07/04/2021 11:36:42 1 8
bbc
There is no such thing as healthy food. It is a middle class show off complete nonsense. Just not true 'fresh' is any benefit, etc. Calories count. People are fat on good cheap food.
26
07/04/2021 10:18:06 103 43
bbc
Good food has probably never been cheaper, this is often about stupid people making the wrong choices on how they spend their money.
46
07/04/2021 10:27:01 9 6
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No. Most likely it's about people working so many hours to pay the mortgage, that they do have time time to shop for, or prepare, the healthiest options, even if they were cheapest.

Mummy is unlikely to be a pinafored, calico-dressed, housewife nowadays, you know, even if they'd want to be. Thatcher's "equal opportunity" put an end to that a long, long time ago.
Choice became economic compulsion.
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07/04/2021 10:23:20 10 14
bbc
Many children & also adults are living in homes with not enough good food due to low wages of their parents and low benefits. This shouldn't be happening in 2021 in the UK but it is apparently because of Tory policies of low benefits for unemployed or low waged. The Tories should not be allowing people to go hungry! Benefits need to be increased!There is also a terrible housing crisis for many!
47
07/04/2021 10:27:09 2 1
bbc
Poverty is a long-standing problem. It is not due solely to what you call 'Tory policies'.
55
07/04/2021 10:31:29 1 3
bbc
After 11 years it is solely at the Tories door, that is Long Standing!
39
07/04/2021 10:23:20 10 14
bbc
Many children & also adults are living in homes with not enough good food due to low wages of their parents and low benefits. This shouldn't be happening in 2021 in the UK but it is apparently because of Tory policies of low benefits for unemployed or low waged. The Tories should not be allowing people to go hungry! Benefits need to be increased!There is also a terrible housing crisis for many!
48
07/04/2021 10:28:00 7 0
bbc
Are the parents not responsible? If you can't afford to feed your children,. should you be having them?
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07/04/2021 10:16:17 8 10
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Get MP'S to live at the same level as the food impoverished for a month; they have no idea how " normal" people have to survive.
The greatest shame should have been when nurses had to go to food banks to feed their children. Yes, that was exceptional, but it should never have happened.
JRM would like to go back to the Victorian times he so admires.
49
07/04/2021 10:28:43 4 0
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Divisive nonsense.
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07/04/2021 10:12:15 192 74
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Its time to start paying the majority of benifits in tokens, tokens for food, tokens for energy etc..
This will ensure that the benifit goes towards what is essential in life.
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07/04/2021 10:29:13 28 79
bbc
Include a complimentary "I've had my Covid vaccination" tattoo

Happy Days
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07/04/2021 10:18:06 103 43
bbc
Good food has probably never been cheaper, this is often about stupid people making the wrong choices on how they spend their money.
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07/04/2021 10:29:29 7 6
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Tommy, you say good food ha never been cheaper.
Every day of my life supermarkets have been cutting the price of food. So why is it now 50 times dearer? If the governments stop trashing the pound it would help. But mainly neither the producers or the users get a good deal on anything. The poor have to pay for all the packaging, the processing and the advertising. Cheap food is often rubbish.
729
07/04/2021 18:13:56 1 2
bbc
Cooking food is expensive too, if you are short of money you can probably only afford to heat rather than actually cook from scratch.
30
07/04/2021 10:20:36 5 19
bbc
You have no idea of the poverty some MPs have risen from.
52
07/04/2021 10:29:40 2 0
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Or that many Labour MPs come from privileged backgrounds.
08/04/2021 09:00:16 0 0
bbc
What is a “privileged background “
?
I suggest you cannot/will not answer.
35
07/04/2021 10:22:05 6 4
bbc
As climate change gathers pace, the real meaning of food poverty is going to be quite a surprise for many.
53
07/04/2021 10:29:48 2 2
bbc
More CO2 = more photosynthesis = more at the bottom of the food chain.
This should make you happy.
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07/04/2021 10:10:15 7 17
bbc
Every one has the right to proper Nutrition =good health
54
07/04/2021 10:30:37 3 11
bbc
You are what you eat and I'm a country vegetable soup.
47
07/04/2021 10:27:09 2 1
bbc
Poverty is a long-standing problem. It is not due solely to what you call 'Tory policies'.
55
07/04/2021 10:31:29 1 3
bbc
After 11 years it is solely at the Tories door, that is Long Standing!
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07/04/2021 10:31:41 6 14
bbc
Tories shamed into action by Marcus Rashford.
What a shabby rabble they and their apologists are.
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07/04/2021 10:15:29 4 5
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Food banks are not the answer. Neither is having to continually raise prices to counter inflation.
People cannot buy what they want, in the quantity or quality they want in the supermarkets. Or make the cheapest choice of utility contract easily.
If the government regulated supermarkets unfair and confusing unit prices food banks would not be needed. Better, stop inflation for shareholder profit
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07/04/2021 10:31:48 3 1
bbc
If only it were that simple. Direct government interference in food prices is what dictators do, usually with dire economic results.
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LEO
07/04/2021 10:31:49 4 11
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IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LIVING WAGE,

YOU CAN'T LIVE.

It's not Rocket Science.

YOU CAN'T LIVE ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT / DISABILITY -unless you break the Law and cheat the System.

Empathy ???
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07/04/2021 11:02:45 0 2
bbc
tripe
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07/04/2021 10:32:03 127 60
bbc
The welfare system in the UK is very generous.
Some people (not all) waste the monies given to them, instead of buying essentials.

Thus, food tokens should be distributed rather than giving money out
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07/04/2021 10:37:17 64 88
bbc
Do you actually watch people and make an opinion or are you making it up, what do they waste it on? They may be working and Low paid, how do you know they receive benefits, you must be Teresa Coffey, the plunderer in Charge
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07/04/2021 10:38:12 23 23
bbc
I take it you've never had to use the welfare system. If you ever had, you would not write such self-righteous rubbish.
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07/04/2021 10:40:18 20 23
bbc
On the contrary, for a country that is so wealthy our benefits system is very mean. And designed to be so because the Tories still have the same mindset as Ebenezer Scrooge (pre- spirits’ visits)
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07/04/2021 10:43:39 24 18
bbc
"The welfare system in the UK is very generous". Says a person who has probably never used it. Try living on less than £50 a week, see how far it gets you. I've been fortunate to be in work for the last 12 years but work to support people who struggle. The overwhelming majority of benefits go to in work households. What does that tell you? The problem lies in poverty wages.
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07/04/2021 11:04:26 17 18
bbc
How about Bojo recently acquiring a second vanity jet for his ego trips? Is that an essential item too when kids are starving?
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07/04/2021 11:56:33 14 12
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The welfare system in the UK is one if the most miserly in Europe.
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07/04/2021 12:02:02 11 9
bbc
Poor people currency? ??
Just completely strip people of what dignity they may have left, why not?
They clearly can’t be trusted with money, because a few set a bad example
Why not bring in that curfew for men Priti was harping on about?
Or blonde people with blue eyes?
This is intelligent debate?
And the majority back it, what are you all drinking?
Share that knowledge please
523
07/04/2021 14:40:21 3 4
bbc
The welfare system in the UK is one of the least generous in the Western world.

It's not like the Tory Bot Propaganda Machine to spread myths!
524
07/04/2021 14:42:22 4 4
bbc
Do you call less than £80 a week (single person rate) generous? How much do you spend each week.

Bozo finds living on £250,000 PA hard going!!
758
07/04/2021 18:46:33 0 0
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perhaps stop reading the daily fail and read some real facts.
start on these to see the truth your rag and the bbc wont tell you
https://www.cashfloat.co.uk/blog/money-borrowing/best-welfare-country/
https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Welfare_States_Touchstone_Extra_2015_AW_Rev.pdf
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08/04/2021 08:12:15 0 0
bbc
The welfare system in the UK is broken and does not help those on benefits help themselves. They need JOBS not benefits, decent wages not hand outs, Then the Government should properly look after those who cannot work and the elderly who are the forgotten ones in society!
Sting the rich & they leave for other places taking their money and jobs with them! It happened in the 1970's.
08/04/2021 12:44:42 0 0
bbc
UK welfare system 'very generous' ... not when you compare it to other developed countries, with similar GDP.
08/04/2021 15:39:35 0 0
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It's important to shame the marginalised to feel superior to them.
08/04/2021 16:08:14 0 0
bbc
Its the lack of money that causes food poverty food bank barely existed until welfare reforms
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07/04/2021 10:16:15 35 18
bbc
Obviously, the want to 'double their money'. Collect the child allowance cash, and then have extra food cash as well. Quids in !!
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07/04/2021 10:32:56 2 0
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How? one of these is received by the parent and the other by the school..
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07/04/2021 10:32:56 63 21
bbc
The fact that we now have one of the highest & increasing obesity levels in the world, (and consequently one of the highest Covid mortality rates), suggests that too much "junk" food is being consumed.

The solution therefore is educating on healthy eating NOT throwing more money at families whose "parents" prefer to spend money on cigs, alcohol, drugs & scratchcards
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07/04/2021 10:37:44 3 31
bbc
Are you Edible?
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07/04/2021 11:01:42 9 3
bbc
Well said sir - parenting goes further than just having the kids in the first place
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07/04/2021 11:28:07 2 8
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There is no such thing as junk food. You actually probably mean exceptionally good high calorie food. So much so people eat too much, the only thing that makes anyone fat.
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07/04/2021 11:39:14 7 3
bbc
Calorie for calorie, healthy food costs three times as much as unhealthy food. If we subsidised the former and taxed the latter enough to make up the gap then you could say that it's under-education more than poverty driving consumption of unhealthy food.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/eating-healthy-diet-expensive-many-britons-research-finds
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07/04/2021 17:55:20 1 0
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i agree ,but we had to eat junk food for the ist 15 years of our wedded life both had poorly paid jobs ,but it costs nothing to go for a walk or do a bit of exercise
08/04/2021 15:50:32 0 0
bbc
Or the government could tax foods high in sugar and punish the companies profitting from creating this issue.
Companies I would nominate to be taxed are:
McDonalds, KFC and Domino Pizzas.
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07/04/2021 10:12:13 10 12
bbc
In a decade of Tory government it’s only got worse and they consistently vote against new measures to fight the poverty that they have made worse. The best thing you can do is to stop voting for them. They don’t give a stuff about poor families.
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07/04/2021 10:33:03 6 3
bbc
And Labour don't give a stuff about working class people. They are obsessed with woke race and gender politics.
08/04/2021 09:00:52 0 1
bbc
Typical RWA ignorant post based on dogma.
63
07/04/2021 10:33:46 119 12
bbc
The food poverty debate, never seems to be a completely honest one. Either wages and benefits need to increase, or people need to make better choices about what they spend their money on.
Food banks make the situation worse, because they either allow employers and government to abdicate their responsibilities, or they are subsidising bad parents.
Which is it?
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07/04/2021 11:26:11 48 35
bbc
It is entirely better spending behaviours. Food is cheap. Stop wasting it on brands and fancy stuff, ready made meals etc. Value ranges are great and cheap.

It is one thing for the average effectively rich to waste money eating out, branded foods, pretend healthy nonsense. Quite another for those taking hand outs, tax credits, benefits. Spending is more important than pay!
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07/04/2021 11:26:37 10 11
bbc
Wages need to increase obviously but that would mean less profit for employers, which is unthinkable to shareholders, who demand more and more (unearned) profit.
Food banks are a natural result to an increasingly job insecure, low-wage society, where profit is the only aim.
If the govt stopped shovelling money to their mates and donors there will be more to help the worst off, not the already rich
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07/04/2021 11:34:21 8 13
bbc
Employers should/do not have an obligation/responsibility to pay a certain wage (other than minimum). They have an obligation to their shareholders & employ labour at the cheapest market rate. If the wage is not enough for an employee to live the life they wish, they should work more hours, change job or cut spending. Paying more than needed makes a business uncompetitive & will lose jobs
518
07/04/2021 14:36:24 6 5
bbc
Food banks don't exist because of a failure to spend a pittance on the basics, they exist because that pittance isn't sufficient!

Why is it that people believe the misinformation and myths propagated by the ruling elite about us plebs (that's what they call us)?

Seems people would rather fight the poor than the ruling elite!
532
07/04/2021 14:50:57 6 4
bbc
Many of these food parcels get swapped for a pack of Special Brew. Sadly.
564
07/04/2021 15:46:37 3 1
bbc
Bit of everything you mentioned. There is not one scenario that fits all cases.

Addiction (drug, alcohol, gambling), debt, lifestyle choices, family breakdowns, mental health, sickness, unemployment, bereavement, prison and lots of other factors can contribute.
568
07/04/2021 15:48:44 4 1
bbc
Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Some people are in the situation they are in through no fault of their own but some people want it all and other people to pay for it.
577
07/04/2021 15:52:21 5 3
bbc
Painted six entrance doors to South East London church at no charge in own time. Food bank day was a revelation, never have I seen so many expensive trainers and iPhones from the arrogant, entitled, greedy patrons. Church volunteers are modern day saints.
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baz
07/04/2021 20:06:39 3 0
bbc
Billionaires pay workers peanuts.

We then pay for workers benefits when they don't have enough to eat.

We're not subsidising the poor, we're paying for the rich to be richer.
Huge TVs, sky, beer and fags feature in houses of those who can't afford food. Couples with pizza wrappers. Buy stewing steak from a butcher, flour, suet, some veg and spuds, less than your pizza and properly filling and nutritious as a steamed pud. Add kidney to further reduce price and add even more flavour. Lots and lots of cheap food recipes, you are on benefit so have time to cook! Removed
08/04/2021 15:36:32 0 0
bbc
Food banks make the situation worse.
Wait till you are reliant on one.
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07/04/2021 10:21:47 80 34
bbc
"There are 5.9 million adults in the UK who experienced food poverty in the six months up to February and 1.7 million children living in food-insecure households, according to the report."

In this age of generous child benefits that takes some believing. Perhaps priorities are being skewered for some? (not saying all, but some)
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07/04/2021 10:34:17 51 39
bbc
Perhaps you should take a look in your local food bank, you will be surprised who is actually in Poverty, most are working and nothing to do with Benefits, Low Wages and part Time work creates this problem.
223
07/04/2021 11:29:48 12 6
bbc
Wrong, bad attitudes to spending are entirely to blame. Food is cheap. Greed to live beyond your means is commonplace.
481
07/04/2021 14:04:15 5 2
bbc
There is no reason for ANYONE to be short of food except maybe those sleeping on the streets. It beggars belief that parents can't afford 5p to give their kid a piece of buttered toast before they go to school in the morning. Free school meals and breakfast clubs are basically letting parents abdicate their responsibility while making irresponsible spending decisions.
840
07/04/2021 20:22:04 0 0
bbc
Good comment.
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07/04/2021 10:25:39 15 6
bbc
"The Tories should not be allowing people to go hungry! "

In this age of Child benefits the parents should not allow their children to go hungry.
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Pip
07/04/2021 10:34:18 0 1
bbc
Pretty stupid comment, if the benefit is a pittance of no benefit............?
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07/04/2021 10:13:50 8 12
bbc
It would help if we had a government who actually cares about this issue and had the political will to seriously tackle it.
But we don't.
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07/04/2021 10:34:18 0 0
bbc
It would help if people raised that Labour politicians don't care either. They are too bust following a woke agenda.
67
07/04/2021 10:34:41 6 0
bbc
garwbaldy

Rick Stein creates Food Poverty

+

Quite a statement please elaborate..... Guy Martin creates traffic jams?!
If only you had the wit to wonder why it has taken them this long?
Fat chance of that though, eh?
Jog on.
Removed
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07/04/2021 10:34:58 1 3
bbc
rude
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07/04/2021 10:21:47 80 34
bbc
"There are 5.9 million adults in the UK who experienced food poverty in the six months up to February and 1.7 million children living in food-insecure households, according to the report."

In this age of generous child benefits that takes some believing. Perhaps priorities are being skewered for some? (not saying all, but some)
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07/04/2021 10:35:47 4 3
bbc
"Here are the facts but I chose to believe it is something else based on my own perceptions"....

If you think this then that is fine but if you are going to assert that this is the exact reason then evidence where you are coming from or jog on.
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07/04/2021 10:36:05 3 9
bbc
Despite Sir Marcus Rashfords good work in embarrassing this Government, the selfless work of hundreds/thousands of foodbanks we still have a major problem with hunger on this island??

I am not sure those in command would have any idea on how to start putting the situation in order...
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07/04/2021 10:52:52 1 3
bbc
Touched a never did it ??
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07/04/2021 10:59:59 0 1
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Volunteer your help
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07/04/2021 10:21:47 80 34
bbc
"There are 5.9 million adults in the UK who experienced food poverty in the six months up to February and 1.7 million children living in food-insecure households, according to the report."

In this age of generous child benefits that takes some believing. Perhaps priorities are being skewered for some? (not saying all, but some)
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Pip
07/04/2021 10:36:39 3 3
bbc
Making it up as you go along doesn't improve your argument............?
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07/04/2021 11:41:58 4 3
bbc
And what exactly did I make up?
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07/04/2021 10:36:39 4 10
bbc
It is a shocking failure of the government to meet its obligations & duty of care to citizens that anyone does not have enough to feed, clothe, & house themselves. A scandal that people have to rely on charity to eat.

Empty mouthings about how much they've done do not sit well whilst there are still empty mouths whose owners cannot afford to fill them.

Sort out the welfare system!
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07/04/2021 10:54:07 1 2
bbc
Looks like they have the full team of interns on duty marking down today?
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07/04/2021 10:58:48 1 0
bbc
Address the problem - TOO MANY PEOPLE - Wake up World leaders
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07/04/2021 10:12:13 10 12
bbc
In a decade of Tory government it’s only got worse and they consistently vote against new measures to fight the poverty that they have made worse. The best thing you can do is to stop voting for them. They don’t give a stuff about poor families.
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LEO
07/04/2021 10:36:47 1 1
bbc
There is no alternative Picard.

We are surrounded by STUPID
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07/04/2021 10:11:17 6 10
bbc
I wonder how long the government will try and blame Covid for all the UK’s ills?
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07/04/2021 10:36:48 0 0
bbc
I wonder how long people like you will blame the government for everything and expect them to solve every problem?
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07/04/2021 10:32:03 127 60
bbc
The welfare system in the UK is very generous.
Some people (not all) waste the monies given to them, instead of buying essentials.

Thus, food tokens should be distributed rather than giving money out
75
07/04/2021 10:37:17 64 88
bbc
Do you actually watch people and make an opinion or are you making it up, what do they waste it on? They may be working and Low paid, how do you know they receive benefits, you must be Teresa Coffey, the plunderer in Charge
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07/04/2021 10:47:16 33 13
bbc
to be fair, my old neighbour was on benefits and the kids went to school in clothes with holes in them and got free lunches. She also had a brand new TV, 2 holidays a year, a big new car and enough cash to buy bottles of vodka each weekend. She was her priority, her kids weren't.
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07/04/2021 11:44:51 4 9
bbc
Cigarettes. Alcohol , Scratch Cards and Lottery. Tokens would not work as there are places that will take them for anything
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07/04/2021 17:50:22 1 0
bbc
just watch tv ,when news channels interview these families , no husband ,wife overweight and says she skips meals to feed her children, smoking and a sky dish on the wall and 40 inch screen all the kids have mobiles, or you could liuve in the street next to me and see these people in action
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08/04/2021 05:46:19 0 0
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I have watched them and know a good number of them. They all have sky TV, all have a huge tv, all smoke and all drink. Most even have designer labels and money for Friday nights out. They are not poor just making bad choices.
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07/04/2021 10:24:46 6 6
bbc
The danger is that people will become permanently reliant on handouts, so won't bother working when we get back to (new) normal.
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LEO
07/04/2021 10:41:51 3 4
bbc
There is a balance, that's for sure ………… but if working paid more than minimum wage + benefits ………. eg. a generous living wage !!!

These Children are going to be your Carers in your Nursing home Mate !!!

Carers (sometimes even Nurses are using ' Food Banks ' 111

Do you feel lucky Punk ?
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07/04/2021 10:10:15 7 17
bbc
Every one has the right to proper Nutrition =good health
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07/04/2021 10:26:54 2 0
bbc
If they make an effort to feed themselves. Have rights, but also have responsibilities.
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07/04/2021 10:17:32 2 5
bbc
Oh so you would vote against feeding kids then?
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07/04/2021 10:27:46 3 1
bbc
I would vote against people who don't try to feed their kids.
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07/04/2021 10:32:56 63 21
bbc
The fact that we now have one of the highest & increasing obesity levels in the world, (and consequently one of the highest Covid mortality rates), suggests that too much "junk" food is being consumed.

The solution therefore is educating on healthy eating NOT throwing more money at families whose "parents" prefer to spend money on cigs, alcohol, drugs & scratchcards
79
07/04/2021 10:37:44 3 31
bbc
Are you Edible?
59
07/04/2021 10:32:03 127 60
bbc
The welfare system in the UK is very generous.
Some people (not all) waste the monies given to them, instead of buying essentials.

Thus, food tokens should be distributed rather than giving money out
80
07/04/2021 10:38:12 23 23
bbc
I take it you've never had to use the welfare system. If you ever had, you would not write such self-righteous rubbish.
81
07/04/2021 10:38:34 3 0
bbc
We should start by addressing food waste in this country first, food banks have made a start but that only accounts for a fraction of the waste that would otherwise have been binned.
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LEO
07/04/2021 10:38:39 4 12
bbc
GET EMPLOYERS TO PAY A GENEROUS LIVING WAGE.

PAY A LIVING UNIVERSAL CREDIT.
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07/04/2021 10:56:29 2 1
bbc
Hoist the red flag
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07/04/2021 10:30:02 7 13
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Poverty increases under the tories, that is a fact. Tories go ahead and downvote me all you like, but maybe think twice before giving the self serving poverty party your vote
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07/04/2021 10:55:49 2 3
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tripe
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07/04/2021 10:40:06 4 1
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There is another side to this spun story.
All over the world countries are seizing on food banks give to business better returns. Wages fall, overtime payfree hours grow.
Does it matter to the increasing rich money men? No. They can turn up at the food bank every Saturday with. Tin of beans and get a knighthood for their charitable works. The better off workers pay for the underpaid with NHS cuts
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07/04/2021 10:32:03 127 60
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The welfare system in the UK is very generous.
Some people (not all) waste the monies given to them, instead of buying essentials.

Thus, food tokens should be distributed rather than giving money out
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07/04/2021 10:40:18 20 23
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On the contrary, for a country that is so wealthy our benefits system is very mean. And designed to be so because the Tories still have the same mindset as Ebenezer Scrooge (pre- spirits’ visits)
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07/04/2021 10:16:15 35 18
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Obviously, the want to 'double their money'. Collect the child allowance cash, and then have extra food cash as well. Quids in !!
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07/04/2021 10:41:01 4 1
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Care to offer any evidence this is actually happening, or will you just continue to spout utter uninformed tripe?
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07/04/2021 10:41:05 115 23
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I recently assisted a family in obtaining weekly food, if required, from a local food coop, the week after i spoke to them and asked how they got on. I was told they wouldnt be returning as there was no way the kids would eat fresh veg or fruit. He then went on to tell me how hungry they are. Thats the mentality of some, they still have the ability to turn their noses up at almost free good food.
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07/04/2021 10:55:23 42 8
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Parenting is an awesome job if you are moronic
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07/04/2021 11:33:07 4 14
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Quite right!

These idiots, middle class do gooders. Imposing their ridiculous nonsense about 'good' food. It’s is all lies. Made up.

Basic baked beans not brands, real food, and more healthy. Keeps unlike fresh junk.
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07/04/2021 14:37:55 5 8
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I love these Jackanory stories; they are 10 a penny in the tabloid press and social media!!
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07/04/2021 21:51:02 2 1
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Some people do not deserve help.
Don’t waste your precious time. You have no idea how much you have in the Bank of Life.
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07/04/2021 10:41:38 34 13
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Call food poverty what it is . Poverty
Not many will be going hungry to save for their summer holidays
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07/04/2021 13:06:11 13 6
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No, what it is is inequality - they have less than someone else and want to complain about it.
No, they spend child benefit in the pub or the bookies rather than feeding their children.

It isn't a new phenomena. My dad was doing it in the 70s. Now it goes on cannabis and on-line gaming.

Children would be much better fed if food vouchers were used instead. BetFred doesn't accept them!
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07/04/2021 10:24:46 6 6
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The danger is that people will become permanently reliant on handouts, so won't bother working when we get back to (new) normal.
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07/04/2021 10:41:51 3 4
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There is a balance, that's for sure ………… but if working paid more than minimum wage + benefits ………. eg. a generous living wage !!!

These Children are going to be your Carers in your Nursing home Mate !!!

Carers (sometimes even Nurses are using ' Food Banks ' 111

Do you feel lucky Punk ?
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07/04/2021 10:57:24 0 0
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More tripe
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07/04/2021 10:13:31 2 4
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Yes, the taxpayer can pay for it all.
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07/04/2021 10:42:06 2 2
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That, my friend, is what I very happily pay taxes for!

If only our money was not being misappropriated & wasted, placed into the pockets of themselves & their cronies.
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07/04/2021 10:16:15 35 18
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Obviously, the want to 'double their money'. Collect the child allowance cash, and then have extra food cash as well. Quids in !!
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07/04/2021 10:42:27 4 2
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You're 'obviously' someone who doesn't know what they're talking about..........?
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07/04/2021 10:42:31 66 13
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Its not actually poverty its just a case of not having as much as everyone else
All my life I haven't had as much as everyone else but have got used to it.

Also my dad brought me up to value money and not to spend stupidly and get in debt
WAKE UP !!

FK THE SYSTEM.
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07/04/2021 10:46:16 5 20
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Yeah, just like racism and climate change it doesn't really exist, some people are only imagining it?
Sententious tosh.
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07/04/2021 11:12:48 12 5
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You had a wise dad, however, many of today's kids are brought up without a dad. Too many of them walk out on their partners after getting them pregnant, leaving them to learn how to cope with all the essentials that a child needs, plus learning how to budget.

Rent and council tax should be paid direct by Universal Credit to landlords & local authorities.
08/04/2021 15:44:11 0 0
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Son of Admin. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
08/04/2021 15:45:22 0 0
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My dad brought me up to be self-righteous and judge those less fortunate than myself :(
If you're defending our MPs, then why did you also post the following in reponse to Strawcat 11:09?

"Food banks and charities are a god send

I wish they'd been around in the seventies when daily hunger pains interrupted my sleep"

You account for most the posts on this article already - you're just a troll looking for attention and I pity you.
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07/04/2021 10:42:54 1 1
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If you read the article you will see that the MPs I am defending are the MPs that are having a word with themselves

I am having my say and I do this regularly and with curtesy to all other posters
I pity those who cannot do the same.
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07/04/2021 10:22:35 32 43
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Another rant against those using legal means to reduce their tax bill
Every individual and business should strive to reduce their tax bill
Taxes are too high, governments - central and local - waste money on non cost effective bright ideas.
Reduce the number of MPs and local councillors by at least 50% If a project is cost effective the private sector will provide it
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07/04/2021 10:43:10 13 2
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Just like test and trace????
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07/04/2021 10:32:03 127 60
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The welfare system in the UK is very generous.
Some people (not all) waste the monies given to them, instead of buying essentials.

Thus, food tokens should be distributed rather than giving money out
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07/04/2021 10:43:39 24 18
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"The welfare system in the UK is very generous". Says a person who has probably never used it. Try living on less than £50 a week, see how far it gets you. I've been fortunate to be in work for the last 12 years but work to support people who struggle. The overwhelming majority of benefits go to in work households. What does that tell you? The problem lies in poverty wages.
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07/04/2021 10:49:52 28 7
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When I rented, I was on benefits. I used my benefits to buy food and pay my bills. The local council paid my rent and the council tax. I may only have received around £50 a week but when you total it all up the amount of benefit received was huge.
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07/04/2021 12:53:00 6 4
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It tells me that those working people need to work longer, work smarter & learn to defer gratification so that they no longer have their hands out for freebies from the rest of us.
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07/04/2021 10:22:35 32 43
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Another rant against those using legal means to reduce their tax bill
Every individual and business should strive to reduce their tax bill
Taxes are too high, governments - central and local - waste money on non cost effective bright ideas.
Reduce the number of MPs and local councillors by at least 50% If a project is cost effective the private sector will provide it
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07/04/2021 10:44:09 15 3
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If the taxation system was sorted out to close loopholes & ensure everyone paid their fair share, we'd ALL be paying less.
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07/04/2021 11:17:50 7 10
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The top 1% of earners pay 27% of tax in the UK. If you fair tax then the tax base should be expanded to make surw more people pay something. Before the budget 47% of working people paid NO tax on their earnings. Is that fair on the 53%?
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07/04/2021 16:02:58 2 4
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What is this "fair share" you go on about? Companies and individuals are only liable to pay the tax due. That's it. They work for themselves not the Treasury.
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07/04/2021 10:44:15 2 4
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We have a duty to ensure that access to enough nutritious food is a fundamental right for everyone in the UK (This page)

Remember it is not too many years ago that people were shipped out to Australia for stealing loaves of bread to feed their families.
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07/04/2021 10:44:33 7 12
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This sort of story really gets under the skin of Tory voters and makes them very defensive.
The mask really slips with some of their comments.
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07/04/2021 10:46:22 3 6
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Tory MPs calling for this.
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07/04/2021 10:47:07 3 1
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It does indeed John, some of the comments never reach the posting stage I find.
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07/04/2021 10:42:31 66 13
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Its not actually poverty its just a case of not having as much as everyone else
All my life I haven't had as much as everyone else but have got used to it.

Also my dad brought me up to value money and not to spend stupidly and get in debt
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WAKE UP !!

FK THE SYSTEM.
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07/04/2021 10:51:29 4 3
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Very intelligent comment!!!!!!!!!
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07/04/2021 15:18:04 3 1
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How about GROW UP instead
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07/04/2021 10:42:31 66 13
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Its not actually poverty its just a case of not having as much as everyone else
All my life I haven't had as much as everyone else but have got used to it.

Also my dad brought me up to value money and not to spend stupidly and get in debt
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07/04/2021 10:46:16 5 20
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Yeah, just like racism and climate change it doesn't really exist, some people are only imagining it?
Sententious tosh.
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07/04/2021 12:03:21 9 1
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You just had to bring the "r" word into it didn't you.
Just for once this isn't about that