The British children over the last decade have been systematically stripped of its support, and footballer Marcus Rashford has been called brave in his drive, urging ministers to change their decision not to award free school meal vouchers in England.
But it shouldn’t take a high profile sportsman to disgrace the government into action, adding that children have been last up to now and have been invisible, and it’s unacceptable that those in control were still debating whether they were going to let some children go hungry over the school holidays.
And even on the day of the vote in Parliament, following a dramatic U-turn by the Conservatives, Boris Johnson was denying the existence of 600,000 children, who have been thrust into bankruptcy since 2012.
This is the result of an approach by the government that systematically dismantles support away from the children over decades, so that now schools in some constituencies have to employ workers using the pupil premium to go round to children’s homes, stock their cupboards, put money on the gas or electricity meter and deal with rats and mice because the parents simply don’t have enough money to make ends meet.
And ex-Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly stated the coronavirus pandemic has led the Government into bringing about an unparalleled array of support packages across the board, including for families.
However, this wasn’t going to be done until Marcus Rashford spoke out.
Mr Cleverly, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, stated that they’d already helped families to help feed the children throughout the Easter break and ultimately they were attempting to get back to a more normal way of working and that they hoped that they would not need to put an additional support package in place over the summer and that they do listen, and that government listens.
Mr Cleverly said that Marcus Rashford put forward a compelling case and that they did listen and the government chose to prolong the current scheme into the summer holidays and that he believed it was the right thing to do.
But that ultimately what they were attempting to do was to get back towards normality because really that’s what everyone wants.
Nevertheless, Ms Nandy said Mr Cleverly’s idea of getting back to normal should be extended to a new normal, to build a better country based on better values, and that when we come out the other side of this because children have been last up to now and have been invisible, let’s make sure that we build this country, let’s make sure the children come first.
Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford penned an open letter to MPs asking the government to change its decision not to award free school meal vouchers in England, for which approximately 1.3 million children are eligible, outside of term time.
And an intense follow-up article describing his struggle of growing up using food banks and getting free meals as a kid helped inspire a government U-turn, with the establishment of a COVID 19 summer food fund.
This government has shown the worst of right-wing Tory values – selfishness, greed and a total disregard for the suffering of ordinary people with damaging labelling of families buying cigarettes and alcohol, and buying consumer goods are all diversions from the plain truth.
Boris Johnson and his cohorts just don’t care about people and they’re motivated by the compunction that they can make money out of people’s suffering and whether a blue rosette wearer or red, Westminster hasn’t made it a fair society for children.
And the Thatcher Tories pulled the carpet beneath the feet of whole communities in a Tory induced execution of heavy industry, resulting in swamping the welfare system and the Labour government under Tony Blair, even with 400 seats did nothing productive.
And they favoured wasting money on a war instigated on a pack of lies rather than promoting better welfare opportunities, and there was also an exodus of manufacturing jobs back into Europe or the cheaper Far East and now, salaries have been beaten down over the past forty years.
Gordon Brown robbed pension funds and sold the nation’s gold reserve at a car boot sale, but on the other hand, Westminster has allowed big business to dodge paying taxes to create a perfect storm.
And now all MPs get a pay rise above inflation and a £10,000 gratuity during the lockdown, and then Boris Johnson decides to throw away £100 million on repainting his government plane for no good reason.
But it’s all about priorities and the Tories have been stripping child support they enjoyed as children away through the last ten years and when we were growing up there was far more in terms of benefits than there is now.
The last ten years have put pressure on parents, with a threefold hit of lower-paid jobs, zero-hours contracts and diminishing support. But then the Tories have a terrible history of brutalising the underprivileged and poor.
Remember Margaret Thatcher, the Milk Snatcher? The Tories were never the kind party, taking from the innocent, they’ve continually been the lowest of the low, so we shouldn’t expect them to change any time soon.
And yet the Tories were all up in arms when it came to their expenses, free meals and drinks and I hope that countless more people see what the Tories are like and have been up to particularly in the last ten years, with their assaults and browbeating on the sick, disabled and underprivileged who are on benefits.
Or is it over ten years? Because I can remember Margaret Thatcher brutalising the welfare state wherever and whenever she could.
Most of the Tories in the 1990s were reducing rights and working frantically to sell off the NHS and as many utility companies as possible and then getting lucrative directorships with these companies straight afterwards.
Then there was the crime of taking away people’s rights to legal representation, housing from people with a spare bedroom and food from the plates of children et cetera which has increased the more they have been able to get away with it, which has been shocking.
Can you picture burning cash in front of a homeless person and then expect to get voted in as Prime Minister of the country, well, Boris Johnson did and people still supported him – that’s actually astonishing.
But then we live in terrifying times where so many have missed opportunities, with so many ignorant people that don’t know when they’re being deceived and lied to, and I don’t see any end to this without some kind of major social collapse.
Now there are thousands of people due to the COVID 19 having to claim benefits and seemingly now whining about how low it is, yet they’re probably the ones having a go at those who are on benefits.
Tories don’t care at all and those that are giving the thumbs down to those on benefits are wicked and they’re now attacking pensioners and it will continue to go on, and those that are giving the thumbs down are not kind people, in fact, they lack human compassion.
This government has underfunded and dismantled everything down to the bare bone in order to line their own and rich donators pockets, and their handling of this virus has been a complete mess and they should be ashamed of themselves and have the decency to walk away and let someone else do a better job.
The Tories don’t like socialist politics as it would eliminate much of the stage that makes them and so many of their supporters as wealthy as they are, and it’s no coincidence so many are multi-millionaires.