Is this an attempt by Croydon councillors to prove that “competition” and charity cannot adequately replace proper, co-ordinated social responsibility?
Inside Croydon‘s regular reader will recall how the group of Conservative councillors at the Town Hall had decided, somewhat crassly (but hey, what do you expect?) to turn the deprivations, poverty and need of those in the borough who are dependent on food banks into a competition. We published the internal email here.
Now, we have obtained a picture, taken from within the sanctuary of the members’ room at the Town Hall, that shows the end result of the collection.
Yep, that’s it.
Not exactly Children In Need, is it?
We are informed that there were no other trollies wheeled away, weighed down with other, more generous offerings. This is the entire sum and substance of the donations from Croydon’s 70 Conservative and Labour councillors.
This was what was donated in the days after Croydon’s Conservative councillors had willingly agreed to make our borough the guinea pig area for a new national policy that will see welfare and housing benefits further reduced. Irony, anyone?
The collection appears inadequate in so many ways. Let’s not even begin to consider the nutritional shortcomings offered by a party pack of McCoy’s crisps…
But as a firm example of how deeply flawed is the unrealistic notion that charity can ever properly take up the slack created by the removal of state-run services and support that are being withdrawn by Call Me Dave’s ConDem government, then this picture serves to illustrate the point rather well.
All in this together? Food banks are the soup kitchens of our age. Maybe the next step, once benefits are cut from the disabled, the homeless and the working poor, will be re-opening the work house.
Merry Christmas, Croydon.
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