Written by Mark Kirby –

When a UN report makes the point that despite this being the 5th richest country on the planet, we have a situation where 14 million people live in poverty with 1.5 million of those destitute and even worse, it points to the likelihood of this level of poverty rising 7% by 2022 and the % of the population in poverty reaching 40%, there really are only a few words to adequately describe this, but shameful and disgraceful come towards the top.

When those who support the Conservative drive to inequality as a political choice emerge, this point should be politely but passionately made to them. To enrich your already over-rich friends you are willing to see increasing numbers of destitute people. Shame on you! You are a disgrace to civilised society and have no place in civilised government in our society.

That this is a choice is underlined in the report: “poverty is a political choice. Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so. Resources were available to the Treasury at the last budget that could have transformed the situation of millions of people living in poverty, but the political choice was made to fund tax cuts for the wealthy instead.” (Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights London, 16 November 2018, p.22). The sooner we are rid of this parasitic group the better we will be able to provide prosperity for the many not the few.

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