People are being conned by a new set of ‘banksters’

Yesterday’s Daily Mail ran a piece telling readers that pupils in Welsh schools have been told they will not receive an additional portion of food by kitchen staff so they can adopt sensible eating habits. The piece goes on to explain that strict mealtime policies have been introduced because children as young as 14 are receiving gastric bands on the NHS.

This story brought to mind a piece back in October, by Brendan O’Neill writing in the Telegraph.  Something about the food-bank frenzy doesn’t add up, he mused. Continuing, he wrote:

Reading the Dickens-tinged coverage of food banks, of which there are now 400, you could be forgiven for thinking that Britain has done a timewarp back to the Victorian era of emaciated urchins begging for scraps of bread on foggy bridges. Britons are “hungrier than ever”, says the Independent. “Starving Britain”, says one newspaper headline. There is clearly enormous “destitution, hardship and hunger” in Britain, says Oxfam. Even the International Red Cross has got involved, promising to help tackle Britain’s “food poverty”.

As O’Neill went on to say, against this backdrop something about the rise of food banks and the hand-wringing over “Starving Britain” doesn’t make sense, especially when one takes into account the frequent claims over recent years where we’ve been told that the problem in Britain is that food is too cheap by the very people now who are now claiming that hundreds of thousands of Brits cannot afford food.

Food poor? Money for tattoos and no indication of any lack of nourishment

Food poor? Money for tattoos and no indication of any lack of nourishment. Click on image for another example of cynical PR in action with no challenge from the media

It shouldn’t add up, but it does.  Because Britain, fresh from being ripped off and conned by one set of bankers, is now being ripped off and conned by another set of bankers – the Food Bankers.  O’Neill again:

Today’s food banks are not fuelled by the needs of the poor so much as by the needs of charities and campaigners. I think the main beneficiaries of the fashion for opening food banks, and for press-releasing these openings to every media outlet in the land, are the poverty industry rather than the poor. The poverty industry is made up of those campaigners who depend, for their very existence, on the idea that there exist hordes of helpless, hapless poor folk – and so the more these campaigners can fuel that idea, the better.

He got this part spot on.  But there is another driver behind the actions of the food banksters that goes beyond the concept of ‘poverty porn’ and a desire by the so called ‘third sector’ to keep the charity bandwagon – with all those extra paypackets picked up by taxpayers or donors – rolling along smoothly, and that is a naked political agenda.  We see it in action today in the Guardian – where else? – where the food banksters are playing politics for all they are worth:

Iain Duncan Smith, the embattled work and pensions secretary, is refusing to meet leaders of the rapidly expanding Christian charity that has set up more than 400 food banks across the UK, claiming it is “scaremongering” and has a clear political agenda.

The news will fuel a growing row over food poverty, as church leaders and the Labour party accuse ministers of failing to recognise the growing crisis hitting hundreds of thousands of families whose incomes are being squeezed, while food prices soar.

Responding to requests for a meeting from Chris Mould, chairman of the Trussell Trust, which has provided food supplies to more than 500,000 people since April, Duncan Smith has dismissed claims that the problems are linked to welfare reforms and attacked the charity for publicity-seeking.

What O’Neill was pointing out a couple of months ago is now very much coming to the fore.  We are seeing the blatant abuse of statistics – such as the dropping into the article of a reference that in 2010, the Trussell Trust provided food to around 41,000 people, but in the past eight months the number has increased to more than half a million, a third of whom are children.  The Graun has already explained that the ‘charity’ is rapidly expanding, so of course more people will take advantage of the opportunity to get food for free so they can spend money on other things – which from what I have sadly witnessed tend to include such essentials as cigarettes, drink, DVDs, games consoles and lottery tickets.  Don’t forget this comes at a time of falling unemployment and more people coming off benefits to take up work.  It doesn’t add up.

What is sickening about Labour’s involvement in this scam is that it, more than any other party, bears responsibility for legislative actions that have driven up taxes, increased energy costs and reduced disposable income of the lowest earners.  As much as I loathe the Conservatives, Labour’s hypocrisy is contemptible.  Their placemen supporters in the ‘charity sector’ are now repaying the debt they owe their comrades for getting their grotesquely large salary packages ahead of being enobled to suck further from the public teat as their fat rent-seeking arses sink onto red benches in the House of Lords.

Picking up the cost of all this are the general public who take personal responsibility and live within their means, accepting that some things cannot be afforded on their income and therefore are eschewed.  Yet their taxes are taken to fund this political con trick being perpetrated by the food bankers and their friends in fake charities who push the poverty narrative for all its worth because it is in their own vested interest to do so.  These troughing rip off merchants backed by their well remunerated PR machine should be ashamed of themselves.

15 Responses to “People are being conned by a new set of ‘banksters’”

  1. 1 Flyinthesky 21/12/2013 at 11:48 pm

    It’s an evolving world, every enterprise has to be monetised. Social services, huge business for vested interest “professionals”, HSE, child development, child poverty action, the eu, the UN et al they have all long lost the altruistic intent. Give 2 pounds a month to stop this that or the other, within a month can you make it 4, 5, 10 or whatever, with menaces and inferred consequences.
    Though I don’t always agree with you, I sincerely thank you for your continued efforts and wish you seasons greetings and best wishes for the new year.

  2. 2 Barrie Singleton 21/12/2013 at 11:49 pm

    Fundamental change in governance, the only way of escape.
    SPOIL PARTY GAMES in May 2015

  3. 3 Mark B 22/12/2013 at 6:07 am

    They have no shame AM. Much like those that rule us.

    Have a good Christmas and thanks for all your hard work.

  4. 4 Sackerson 22/12/2013 at 9:06 am

    Malnourishment is not the same as starvation.

  5. 5 Mike 22/12/2013 at 9:08 am

    When the boy Cameron gets thrown out of office at the next election and we end up with Millipede then all of a sudden the Gruniad and the BBC will drop all stories about food banks despite the certainty that New Red Labour will lead us once again to financial ruin.

  6. 6 Autonomous Mind 22/12/2013 at 9:45 am

    There will certainly be no shortage of gravy, as Labour’s friends lord it up with more six figure salaries in ever more quangos, fake charities and pressure groups – and ‘poverty’ gets swept under the carpet unless it’s to justify more of the gang getting a seat on the train to live well at taxpayer expense.

  7. 7 PeterS 22/12/2013 at 1:18 pm

    What’s being missed here is the intent to make another section of society wholly dependent upon the state (and/or its agents) for maintaining a way of life that eventually becomes a routine.

    As every crack-dealer knows, get ’em hooked and they’ll do whatever is required – vote for whoever has promised – to prevent a disruption in the supply.

  8. 8 Athelstan. 23/12/2013 at 12:08 am

    Other than individual donations and the CoE, who exactly funds the Trussel trust?

    Somewhere behind it, backing it up will be a public slush fund fed directly and if not extorted from HMG then, via the EU I’d be willing to be on it.

    IDS wants to get to the bottom of the funding riddle, stop spouting and get rooting.

  9. 9 Sceptical Steve 23/12/2013 at 10:20 am

    The con is that the charities claim that the exponential growth in the food bank movement is a sign of increased demand, when really it’s just a reflection of how much perfectly good food is currently being wasted because of the consumers’ infatuation with “best-before” dates etc.
    Previously, supermarkets dumped their time-expired stock but, due to the ever-increasing lanfill taxes, they are finding it much more cost-effective to hand it out to these charities, knowing that sales via the food-banks will not impact on their own core business.

  10. 10 Barrie Singleton 23/12/2013 at 10:33 am

    Athelstan. IDS granted St Tony his Iraq war (by sucessfully whipping all but 15 of his cipher-ninnies into the war lobby). I think he has done quite enough.

  11. 11 Barrie Singleton 23/12/2013 at 10:38 am

    A valid deduction Steve. A ‘health food’ shop here once gave every customer a freebie of (inedible) old stock. it took me a while to spot the ploy.

  12. 12 Edward Spalton 25/12/2013 at 8:50 am

    A local church does a great many common sense good works. Amongst these they recycle good second hand clothing from their (mostly) quite well-to-do congregation. One of the organisers noticed that they had frequent regular “customers” who were extremely picky and only wanted the designer labels. They were not so particular about fit, so it was obvious that these free items were being acquired for resale.

    So the church now sends these items to charity shops and the ” need” for good second-hand hand clothing for use has sharply decreased.

  13. 13 Barrie Singleton 25/12/2013 at 9:58 am

    Isn’t there a parable to cover that? The talents perhaps? Applying Jesus’ direction can be a bit Zen at times. Wo’evah! Good will to all autonomous minds, for they shall decide for themselves. (:o)

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