Media coverage of the Feeding Britain report left me feeling dismayed, as the central, indeed the only issue, the scandal of people going hungry in 21st century Britain, was obscured by a shoal of red herrings.
Today (Monday 8 March 2014) an All Party Parliamentary Inquiry has published an extensive report into causes of food poverty in the UK and has suggested some responses. Campaigners from End Hunger Fast were invited to the initial launch of this report so here are some reflections on where it has ended up and what that means for the rest of us.
The scale of public spending cuts proposed by UK Chancellor George Osborne is shocking, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Not because such savage cuts are necessary, but because to many in government they are desirable.
#CameronMustGo - the hashtag trended on Twitter across the weekend, beginning in the aftermath of Mark Reckless' victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election and continues to date (26 November 2014), having collected over 400,000 contributions from politicians, celebrities, journalists and citizens.