Being of a certain age, I remember the Thatcher years. I remember the austerity, the protests, demonstrations, picket lines and the destruction of whole communities within some of our most oldest and established industries.
Now we are back there. Only this time it seems the spin doctors have managed to coat it with a wonderful varnish of how the economy is improving. One of the curious things of that improvement is to ask do the publicity weavers ever leave the London bubble? Do they visit the low income, crowded areas of London to see how the policies of this government have effected people?
I don’t live in London. I live in the Midlands. The East Midlands to be more geographically correct.
The community I live in is low income, social housing.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, DESPITE THE WORKINGS OF THE CONSERVATIVE MEDIA MACHINES NOT EVERYONE IN THOSE COMMUNITIES IS UNEMPLOYED OR SCROUNGING OFF BENEFITS.
Here in my community there are a very great deal of hard working honest people just trying to get by. They find life hard. The majority of those working are still having to claim a type of benefit due to the advent of the wonderful zero hour contract, employers ducking and diving, finding ways to pay so much less than a living wage.
The local food bank, an amazing place to call into, some really great characters and some very disappointed people sharing a single space and a joint cause… to feed their families and themselves. Not all are unemployed or unemployable, the very fact that they have to use this sort of environment to survive in an economy designed to make those who are well off even more so seems a little unfair…..after all those they employ are having to turn to the benefits with no thanks while they increase their employers profits.
I use my local food bank, and each and every fortnight I put what I can into a collection bucket when I visit to collect my food. Every fortnight I visit and understand that even though I need the bag of groceries I still have to help where I can. As do those who also use the food bank. I see them put their donations in, I also see the faces of those who are embarrassed and rather shy about admitting the dire straights they are living in.
So the image above maybe says it all, the lady at the check out at one of the most popular supermarkets in the UK hoping that people will share some of their shopping to help those who are struggling. Someone who can honestly say they are doing something about the way that things have and are going with this government.
The Government (yes a capital G this time!) have reacted wisely and efficiently to this problem, the changes in benefits, the tax relief for those who earn millions each year, a further reform and push for low income society to become even poorer, amazing stuff.
THE REACTION FROM THE TWO WHO ARE MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS POLICY WAS QUITE DRAMATIC WHEN CONFRONTED. IT HAS BEEN IMMORTALISED IN AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPH.