Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Breadline Britain - Guardian investigation highlights the threat of poverty faced by millions in work and not on benefit

I was reminded of Thoreau's famous observation: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" when reading The Guardian's series on Breadline Britain.
It highlighted a large section of British society, who are in work and not receiving State support, yet have an income that  doesn't match their necessary outgoings.
This is nothing to do with the "squeezed middle" - this is about the threat millions of people face of genuine poverty. This is about salaries being frozen while the cost of living relentlessly rises. The data is incontrovertible.
It suggests the obsession of Tories like Iain Duncan Smith focused on getting "benefit scroungers" into employment misses the much greater danger to society.
PS. Today's report on school children going hungry is deeply disturbing. Come on Miliband, speak up.

1 comment:

  1. There are so many areas of discussion GC both in the body of your blog and in the sources you quote, writes [Jaffa]. Therefore I will confine my remarks to just this.
    [World] recession/depression of this type is inexorably remorsless. We are back in the 1930s; we just have further to fall this time. Suddenly half the nation and more wakes up one morning to find that it has become genuinely poor.

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