Free buffet for Tories as food bank users blamed for hunger
LAST week was quite a week illustrating our divided society! Dartford curators happily open a food bank and graciously treat themselves and all who attend to a buffet. Lee Anderson came up with the “people can’t cook” excuse to meet the needs of the food bank; apparently 30p can provide a cooked meal if only those in need could cook. Yes, if only they could, and I’m sure we’d all like to know how he lives on hot, nutritious home-cooked meals at 30p when an egg at less than 30p is like chicken teeth to find, not to mention cost to boil it.
Those who engineered the disappearance of home cooking and food culture skills from the curriculum have much to answer for on the basis of Anderson’s assertion, or is there a more alarming reason?
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Take a look at the political map of England and you can easily see that there is a conservative green and leafy rural England, where ever-expanding agribusinesses thrive and ever-diminishing rural opportunities lead to a incessant migration towards the city, and its reverse, as rural. real estate prices are reaching the stratosphere.
Land is the key! Agribusiness is the killer, as the countryside is devoid of rural opportunities. Farming is sold as a world apart from the lives of most, and the opportunity is only available to the lucky few, like the BBC’s Adam Henson of generational farming stock, giving his ‘anything goes’ view. well and hunky-dory, busy, busy”. farming on his vast and varied empire – the Jeremy Clarkson of entertainment wealth and multinational agribusiness.
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Scotland is the same but different in that the political map is different but the underlying political ownership of our campaign is becoming increasingly similar. Traditional long food production gardens in rural towns and villages are largely built on the basis of finding a tempting windfall from a sale of development land, while housing development gardens are invariably devoted to accreditation. The small farms are usually swallowed up by the big ones just because support mechanisms allow it, agribusiness thrives and the east coast seagulls have to travel ever further west to find a plow that turns a worm while arable crops are becoming increasingly dependent on artificial fertilizers.
So people need food banks! Well, no wonder when we all believe or know that Lee Anderson’s conservatives are traditionally backed by big landowners, big farmers, agribusinesses, convenience food supermarkets and property developers, although I’m damned if I can see the case for the buffet celebration.
WITH the British government’s Jubilee Book, the attempt to twist history to suit current political purposes continues. The book repeats the erroneous assertion, first contained in the Government’s Home Market White Paper, that the Union in 1707 was between Scotland and England and Wales. It was, in fact, between Scotland and England, as the treaty makes clear. It might be an inconvenient truth for the UK Government that Wales is so undervalued, but to claim otherwise is to indulge in historical fantasy.
The “Union” into which Wales was brought was the result of an Act passed by the English Parliament in 1536, which had no Welsh representatives; it merely formalized the earlier conquest.
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The article describes the book timelines of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. It is unclear from the article whether the book contains a parallel timeline for England. If not, it will reflect, as the White Paper on the Internal Market did, the underlying Anglo-centric assumption that, in becoming part of the Union, other nations join somehow an English company and not a so-called joint venture.
We may not be surprised at such attitudes and distortions, but we must be prepared to challenge them.
ABSOLUTELY brilliant, Ruth Wishart! I refer to the splendid comment, “What in the name of the little man is a Highness?” (The pageantry is just a reminder of the social ills afflicting this island plunged into darkness, May 15). Indeed, the full article was an altogether positive exercise in Republican writing.
I became a socialist and atheist over 50 years ago, greatly influenced by a book called Sailor on Horseback by Irving Stone, but I rarely consider myself a Republican, although I certainly am.
There is no doubt that the writings of Jack London contributed a great deal to my political views throughout my life, even though I did not really consider him a true socialist himself. His study of Darwin and Nietzsche certainly proved him to be a true atheist. Many considered Nietzsche to be a bad influence on him, but Jack argued that “Nietzsche and I stand on opposite intellectual corners, but no man on my side has turned me on so much as he”.
The winning Eurovision entry sung in the Ukrainian language should count as a very valuable encouragement to all “satellite” nations whose cultures have been sidelined or even suffocated under foreign domination. (Not just in music!) In recent years, singing in American/English has become almost the norm.
Hopefully in the future we can expect richer diversity for the benefit of all of us.
Ancrum, Scottish Borders
I am the statue of the Duke of Wellington
And to prove that I don’t have a heart of stone
From now on I’ll be wearing gold and blue
Not my usual red and white cones.
It’s to show everyone
I challenge Putin’s acid reign
And will until the war is won
And Ukraine is free again.