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For the past two years, writes Ron Ferguson in his Herald newspaper comment column, disadvantaged people from Glasgow have been telling the Poverty Truth Commission what it’s like to be poor in a land of plenty.
If Chancellor George Osborne wants to explore his assertion that "we are all in this together", he could have done no better than attend the closing session of Scotland's Poverty Truth Commission at 2pm on Saturday 16 April in Glasgow City Chambers. He was invited. But sadly he was not there.
Just as women’s rights would never have been won without women at the helm, poverty will never be truly addressed until those who experience it firsthand are at the heart of the process.
On 9 June 2011 this year I am hoping to sit down for a chat with my MP. Over a cuppa and maybe a custard cream, I am going to go right to the heart of the political decision-makers to get myself heard on some issues that affect people in poor countries.