Proud but desperate families pushed to the brink are relying on all of us to vote for change
The working-class founders of the Fans Supporting Foodbanks (FSF) initiative spoke to the SKWAWKBOX at length yesterday about why they are asking voters to shut them down next week – by voting Labour and making Foodbanks a footnote in the shameful history of Tory Britain.
They also told the SKWAWKBOX about some of the horrific hardship and shame they routinely see inflicted on the poor and vulnerable – including millions of our kids – by the political choices of Tory governments.
Political choices that were described by famous film director Ken Loach as ‘conscious cruelty’ – and which UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston said were a punitive breach of basic human rights that the Tories could have fixed overnight if they had ever wanted to do so.
The number of people needing to seek help from foodbanks each year has rocketed under the Tories and is approaching two million.
The FSF lads told the SKWAWKBOX harrowing stories of proud mothers lying to hide the extent of their desperation, even as they were forced to ask for food to feed kids who hadn’t eaten for days – and of nurses forced to seek help from foodbanks because fleeing domestic violence had left them in terrible straits.
The three salt-of-the-earth Scousers were clearly moved and troubled by what they see on a daily basis – and they are asking the country to vote out the Tories so Labour can restore it to a decent place for all to live:
The men identified the Tories’ cruel Universal Credit scheme as the rotten heart of the miseries inflicted on millions of our most vulnerable – including over four million children.
Labour will scrap Universal Credit and make food a human right in this country to end the shame of hunger in one of the richest nations in the world.
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