Jayne Linney and Mike Sivier at Vox Political have highlighted this ghastly development in Stoke on Trent. I differ from Mike, in that he doesn’t think starving children wouldn’t be rifling through bins in London. Yes, parts of London are indeed rich, but the wealth owned by the super rich isn’t cascading anywhere beyond a small number of inner London boroughs and to the south-west of the capital. It’s certainly not heading over to Labour-run Lewisham and Greenwich or towards the people arriving at the food banks here in increasing numbers. Food bank use is up 500% year on year in Lewisham and Greenwich. London Assembly member Len Duvall has called on London mayor Boris Johnson to pay a visit to a food bank here to see for himself… http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/11310250.Foodbank_use_up_by_a_staggering_500__in_Lewisham_and_Greenwich/. Sadly it’s only a matter of time before youngsters here begin sifting through the bins. Also, social services are under so much pressure here that they’re less likely to spot the most vulnerable children. That problem also affects many Conservative-run boroughs here in London too. My view is that the effects are the same here in outer London – whatever the political flavour of the council. Thanks to them both for flagging up this important story.
Who said it could never happen here? Children are starving on the streets of Britain as the Tory-led Coalition’s hate policies bite ever-more-deeply into the poor [Image: Stoke Sentinel]. British children are sifting through bins left outside houses in search of scraps of food because they are starving, it has been revealed.
But Tories and their supporters in rich London won’t have to look at them – because they are in Labour-held Stoke-on-Trent.
The Stoke Sentinel reported that “Youngsters have been searching through bins in the Hollings Street and Brocksford Street area of Fenton before eating any leftovers.”
It said, “Dozens of hungry families are referred to Fenton’s food bank for help every week.”
What’s really sad about this story is that some of the people interviewed seemed to think the problem was with the mess left behind by these children – youngsters who are, remember, so hungry that they…
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