Food banks: no, they’re not a ‘popular welfare solution’

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Reposted from Patrick Cutlers blog @ the Guardian

David Cameron’s discomfort over food banks typifies the right’s panic, confusion and denial over the causes of food insecurity

Volunteer William Forey at Drumchapel food bank near Glasgow.
Volunteer William Forey at Drumchapel food bank near Glasgow. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Notoriously, David Cameron recently admitted to his inquisitor Jeremy Paxmanthat he did not know how many food banks there were in the UK, a clear sign, many concluded, that when it comes to poverty he is desperately out of touch, incompetent, in denial, or all three.

He did not know, or think to say, that no-one else knows exactly how many there are either (best estimates are in the thousands). But then food banks provokeblind panic in the Tories: they can’t decide whether they admire or despise them; they fear them and with few exceptions, their default position is to try to ignore them.

Indeed, one of…

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