I LOOK OVER with interest Elizabeth Smith’s letter of November 19.
Unfortunately there isn’t space within the paper to explain the principle akin to morals to someone who dismisses children as a ‘special recognition group’, so I shall generally look at her main two points.
First the principle of that’s responsible for children.
I am sure parents given agree; it is them. But then perhaps Mrs Smith has not read the news since Parade, sashay. Unemployment is rising instantly. Redundancies too, then you have those on furlough that has lost a big chunk health of their income.
People who have never claimed recently are having to wait five or weeks for universal credit payments.
These are terrible times. You can find parents who would love to find a way do more, but can’t. Also as for those minority of parents may possibly well have made the wrong choices, fail to providing these meals ordinarily should just mean punishing infants for political purposes. Time and energy to research morality, again.
Then you have the cost. £20m is what a majority of these half-term vouchers cost. That may be a fraction of the £500m that “eat out to help out” the price, which was a driver inside second wave that is but threatening more jobs!
That through itself is a fraction of the £17bn squandered on “cash for pals” PPE contracts.
And that is a crumb compared to the cost of vanity ventures like HS2 and Brexit.
But nevertheless Mrs Smith has allocated as her axe to grind a minuscule total for deprived children.
To have people young and old arguing against feeding youthful is not a good situation, morally or politically, for this around the to be in.
There is enough money on the net but it is in the wrong ranks.
For increasing this country and its inequalities there can be one thing everyone can do.
Never vote Tory again.