The Adam Smith Institute (ASI), an openly neoliberal ‘think-tank’ founded just before Margaret Thatcher first entered Downing Street, was a key source of the policies that she inflicted on the UK.
Thatcher’s policies – further pursued in large part by Blair and subsequently accelerated by the coalition and then Tory government – drove skyrocketing inequality and the impoverishment of large sections of our society.
That impoverishment and the Tories’ hounding of the vulnerable turned the ‘foodbank’ phenomenon from a rarity under even Blair’s government into an endemic feature of UK society, with around 1.2 million people a year estimated to use them at least once, according to the Full Fact website.
This afternoon, two facets of UK inequality came together.
The ASI held a conference today in the Holborn area of London, after which it tweeted:
The impoverished people driven to foodbanks by the policies of this government will no doubt have been thankful for the sandwiches – although foodbanks usually ask for dry and tinned food for greater longevity.
But the irony of one of the three main think-tanks that inspired Thatcher to begin the creation of the current UK political and economic landscape tweeting to offer its leftovers to the foodbanks that help those damaged by her policies will not be lost on many.
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