Thursday, January 27, 2022

It's not about the cake


It's not about the cake. It's about the lies, and the corruption and the resulting lack of trust, and the fact that 70% of the population wants him to resign and yet he is 'fighting on.'

It is unseemly.

He is fighting for himself and no-one else, and the Tories' continuing support makes them complicit.

        But now for the good news.

Jack Monroe, food poverty campaigner has persuaded the Office of National Statistics to recognise the fact that the inflation of food prices hits the poorer much harder than the comfortably off.

She explained here in the Guardian:

The Smart Price, Basics and Value range products offered as lower-cost alternatives are stealthily being extinguished from the shelves...

... In 2012, 10 stock cubes from Sainsbury’s Basics range were 10p. In 2022, those same stock cubes are 39p, but only available in chicken or beef. The cheapest vegetable stock cubes are, inexplicably, £1 for 10. Last year the Smart Price pasta in my local Asda was 29p for 500g. Today, it is unavailable, so the cheapest bag is 70p; a 141% price rise for the same product in more colourful packaging. A few years ago, there were more than 400 products in the Smart Price range; today there are 87, and counting down.

Jack Monroe's success, of course, does not solve the problem of food poverty itself, which is set to get worse this year with the fuel price increase and the increase in National Insurance.

We will only solve the problem of food poverty when we elect a government that cares about social justice.

Meanwhile, à propos of nothing, it's coming round to 7 years since Mary died and I miss her. This excerpt from my novel EVEN WHEN THEY KNOW YOU expresses it well.

"I think of you so often, every day, I miss you...wanting to an unfettered way, in a way where I can say what I think and won't be judged for being critical because all I am doing is observing and commenting, and you would understand that I am not being unkind, I'm just noticing, and giving reactions, and trying to find out how I fit into the world, and what matters, and what does not."


Anonymous said...

Look like two accomplices - caught in the happy act of friendship.

‘The pain now is part of the happiness then’ (Shadowlands)

Thea x

Sue Hepworth said...

I love your first sentence, Thea.

Just came across this in a review in the Guardian of “Everything is true.”….

“Grief is the long shadow cast by love. It hurts as much as it ought to, as much as the deceased was loved.”