When we see people starving in third world countries our hearts go out to them because we know that this is the sad result of a political regime that doesn’t care for them or provide for them. We don’t say that they are lazy layabout and scroungers – because we know their suffering is due to no fault of their own.
We sympathise with their plight, we send aid workers, shelter, medicine, food, money and equipment. We offer them a helping hand to get out of their poverty. We educate them and teach them skills to increase their independence. We care for them.
Why do we not show the same level of care for our own people? Where is our compassion for them? The Tories would have us believe that those in poverty here in Britain are all layabouts and scroungers. They deserve what they get. We know that such types do exist – but in the main the people that are suffering now from hunger, poverty, homelessness, sickness in this country are not layabouts and scroungers.
They are/or were very hardworking people who through no fault of their own fell on hard times, they simply lost their jobs due to cutbacks, could not pay their bills, fell into debt and lost their homes. Someone once said to me that most ordinary everyday working people are only two wage packets away from homelessness. That certainly seems to be true. Just look at the numbers increasing every week losing their jobs, incomes and homes – turning to the welfare state, food banks, citizens advice bureau – but still falling further away from all the usual social comforts.
They feel alone and helpless in the world and they are running out of places to turn to for help. Put yourself in their position. Imagine losing your job and being unable to find another. How would you pay your bills and feed your family – how long would you survive? Join the Labour Party – together we can stop this unnecessary poverty in Britain. Let’s show our own people some compassion.
Let’s ignore the undeserved labels that have been attached to the poor in Britain. Let’s help them instead.