Can’t Win On Facts? Change The Definition!

Patrick Butler does just that:

There was relatively little coverage of the Trussell Trust’s annual figures last week, at least compared to past years. Perhaps the public, once outraged, is now resigned to foodbanks, like the poor, being always with us.

It’s just not news. Maybe that’s the reason?

A mere 2% rise in referrals to food banks may sound inconsequential, especially after the double-digit year-on-year increases of recent times. But it shows the volume of charity food given out – enough to feed more than 1.1m people – is now doggedly entrenched, even in a supposedly improving economy and healthy jobs market.

Well, yes. Give out ‘free’ food, certain people will take advantage of it. That’s hardly a surprise.

The state appears now structurally dependent on food banks – not just Trussell ones, but thousands of other charity outlets too – to mitigate the effects of welfare cuts, low wages, insecure work and high rents.

That, perhaps, is the story: government welfare policy can no longer stand on its own two feet, but is dependent on food bank handouts.

Hurrah! The government’s out of the ‘feeding the lazy’ business! Surely a call to rejoice?

If food bank data tells us something about the decline of the state, however, it is less good as a measure of food insecurity.

Food what..?

As the Labour MP Frank Field points out, we know too many people go hungry – countless accounts vividly reveal the misery of people “going without,” being unsure where the next meal is coming from, or relying on cheap, processed foods – but we don’t know how many.

So that’s ‘not being able to afford food’ and ‘eating the wrong sort of food’..? Wow, talk about hedging your bets…

A recent report, drawn up by a group of academics, thinktanks and charities grouped under the UK Food Poverty Alliance banner … argues that the available UK data on food insecurity, both qualitative and quantitative, “does not meet the requirement for ‘hard’ evidence that many policymakers and campaigners say is necessary to lever policy change.”

It points out that both Canada and the US routinely collect robust data on how far households can meet their basic food needs (in the US in 2014, 48m households, or 14%, were food insecure). The Canadian findings show how food insecurity links to obesity, diabetes and mental illness, as well as rising healthcare costs. The UK government, it concludes, should do the same.

In order to provide lots of future employment opportunities for the people suggesting it?

The presence of food banks in the UK is an outrage; so too is the existence of food insecurity.

Oh, what isn’t an ‘outrage’ these days? The word’s becoming as meaningless as ‘racism’ and ‘sexism’…

7 comments for “Can’t Win On Facts? Change The Definition!

  1. April 26, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I stopped using food banks because of lack of interest.

    • Ed P
      April 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      If these banks go for NIRP, does that mean they’ll take a bite out of every sandwich they give out?

    • Mudplugger
      April 26, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      I stopped using sperm banks because of lack of interest in my deposit.

  2. Hereward Unbowed.
    April 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    i watched agog, two reasonably, actually pretty well dressed individuals were being filmed, and pilling up boxes of food in the boot space of their ‘people carrier’ vehicle – a fairly shiny example and this couple showed no sign of disability. I had a vision, of them fighting their way out by running over far more needy cases as they drove away from ther local giveaway centre……..

    I laughed and laughed, they were so shameless – shurely…it must be their yuman rites to free grub innit!

    Plus, it all helps to fund the six month winter holiday cruise, hooray Henry!! and “what oh old sport – never look a gift horse ……..and all that!”

  3. Errol
    April 27, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Maybe this cheerful Lefty might want to ask why people are struggling and why food is expensive. He would find it is entirely related to tax and regulation. At every step, the state takes more and more and more of our income, forcing prices up.

    Until the Left accept that they are the problem nothing will change.

    However, hell will freeze over first. The Left are incapable of introspection. They’re just blithering windbags. What the flip is ‘food insecurity’ anyway?

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      April 27, 2016 at 9:37 am

      So true, the cost of living for those attempting to eke a living on low wages and even if both partners are working, is sometimes intolerable as it is nigh impossible.

      Maybe this cheerful Lefty might want to ask why people are struggling and why food is expensive. He would find it is entirely related to tax and regulation. At every step, the state takes more and more and more of our income, forcing prices up.

      Aye but! it’s not just food is it?

      I was agog, when a cousin of mine whose daughter had saved (don’t ask me how) for and had bought a small one bed flat in East London was having to fork out £230 p/month on ‘maintenance costs’, plus her £850 monthly mortgage add in rates and of course other unavoidable overheads et bloody cetera, if it wasn’t for her (fairly) well paid job and with its subsidized canteen facility – just treading water was an effort, saving for a holiday….ha, ha, ha so funny… was a pipe dream.

      Everything, life in Britain is too expensive and the biggest expense? Is paying for big government whether they be in central or local offices and its horde of micromanaging jobsworths who make our lives impossible.

      I won’t get into a run down of, HMG monetary policy, its bonkers insanely egregious fiscal incontinence – endless taxes, welfarism + housing benefits + mass immigration, foreign investors in property, buy-to-let landlords, the banks who lend to them, our idiot chancellor and how he – Osborne bolsters and encourages, causes the renting bonanza – aka societal engineering or – EU policy ‘end of the nation state’ ideology.

      First things first, is out and away from the Brussels slave Empire – otherwise, we are well and truly ***ked.

  4. mikebravo
    April 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Offer free food and the takers will arrive.

    Just like the Palestinian refugee camps of old.

    Half a million so called Palestinians leave and form a refugee camp of 5 million souls. All in need of UN largess.

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