I generally enjoy the Christmas period. I like the cold weather, I like the old 70s and 80s TV shows from my youth, I love the Darts from the Ally Paley, I love the tree and the lights and I really love mince pies. Although not enjoying the cold I have at the moment.
However this year, like many, I am cutting back, not really because I desperately have to but really because I feel that to not cut back a bit would be wrong. Now that might sound a little strange but stick with me. We all know that for many Christmas is not a time of the year that they look forward to at all for many different reasons.
I started to think about this again as I put some food into the trolley for the local food bank this morning.
This year the Trussell Trust report that many thousands of people, including the elderly and children, will rely on foodbanks for their Christmas dinner and for many a little present or two for the kids. Food poverty is a crime as far as I am concerned but at this time of year it really hits home to me how shit this country really is. While David Cameron, the Windsors and Milibands etc are enjoying the best Christmas that money can buy thousands will be worried about how they get through the day. While the Queen can afford to buy William a four million pounds helicopter to fly to work, many parents will be breaking their hearts because their kids will have little or nothing under the tree, if they have a tree at all. That is obscene.
We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world but also one of the most unequal. As we see in the media RBS bankers continue to get away with what can only be described as crimes against this countries economy and get awards and bonuses while those, through no fault of their own in the main, will be getting their poverty money sanctioned or stopped so will effectively starve to save money and get the dole numbers down so that the very bankers, politicians and the elite can live a life that is an affront to many of us.
So can I ask a couple of things? If you see any donations points for your local food bank and you can spare a couple of tins of food please donate, your donation might be the difference between a meal or an empty stomach. The other thing to remember is that as the politicians create scares of continuing doom from terrorists, continuing doom about the economy they are living lives that we can only dream of. They are using your money to provide the best that money can buy for themselves and their families, so when you go to vote next year in the General Election remember who did what, when, and to whom. It’s time for change, it’s time to make the people who are causing this suffering to understand that they work for us and we have had enough.