Even the Telegraph considers this government less than optimum; “We see only a ship of fools, and a plague ship at that.”
Others have suggested that it is a brains trust of the intellectually challenged.
Yet Johnson in the Commons, opined that the British taxpayer has the right to expect that we will achieve maximum value for every pound spent.
Apart from the failure to understand the monetary system, it is remarkable that he considers feeding hungry children does not constitute value. In view of his multiple unknown children – perhaps he does not consider them of any worth – never mind that children are actually our future?
The idea that that Conservative MP’s should vote to deprive ‘underprivileged’ (aka hungry) children of food might seem an odd concept – but sure enough there was a three line whip against this Labour motion:
Effectively this was a no food for children policy. Who on earth voted for that?
Most Tory MP’s were reluctant to oppose the motion, thank goodness.
Government whips later about turned and told Tory MPs there will be no whip to oppose Labour’s Opposition Day motion on free school meals. Thus it went through. This was Starmer’s first ‘victory’.
Of course, the disastrous cuts to tax credits and spiteful and obligatory delay to universal credit as well as the benefit cap – not to mention the two child limit – will not unfortunately, prevent childhood hunger. But at least this ‘victory’ helps.
It is ironic that when the government had asked a couple of months ago for footballers to step up and do their bit, one of them, Man U’s Marcus Rashford, actually very much has… Indeed it has been suggested he should be appointed (half seriously), the Minister for Common Decency.
So we have an ideological government motivated by belief – unless it cannot stay in power without conceding.
Bluster, bluff and good time charlieism prevail – there is no substantive thought or empathy.
That is why we are reduced to Victorian values – a country reduced to considering slavery, racism and feeding hungry children.
In which case we would do well to take close account of the Victorian thinker, John Ruskin:
The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated.
Even in this pandemic, it seems it is to be, quite remarkably, back to the future.