Poverty and foodbanks

Last night my wife and I watched a programme about the Dundee Food bank. This is where the public donates food to a central point and volunteers distribute it to people who otherwise would starve. Now a reminder here: this is 2015, the 21st century in one of the richest countries in the world. Well, rich in money perhaps, but if a government, any government, of any colour or hue, left right or centre, allows its own people to live on the edge of starvation while it squanders money on pointless image-conscious nonsense, then that government and by association, that country, is poor indeed. Poor in humanity, poor in morals, poor in anything that counts.

This country – and in this case I mean the U.K and not Scotland – spends billions on keeping the Trident nuclear deterrent. Oh joy: we have the ability to kill countless millions of people that we have never seen and probably never will see, people very much like us who only want to live their lives and raise their families. People whose governments are probably equally keen to spend their billions on means of destroying us.

Great: that really makes sense.

Is it not time that the world’s politicians grew up and stopped using playground bullying tactics to resolve disputes? The vast, vast majority of people in this world do not want war, do not want to kill anybody, do not want to launch a nuclear strike on anybody of any colour, creed, race, religion or anything else. Most people, bereft of insular political or religious dogma, will get along just fine, thank you very much. Yes, there will be a tiny minority of crazies who want to cause trouble but surely they can be ignored or squashed by the vast majority, and it is a vast majority, of decent people.

Most people are all right, really. Yes there are problems but everybody has them. Surely rather than exaggerate the differences we should gather together and celebrate what makes us similar? Our common humanity – our people-hood. Us.

Or would that kill the arms industry and deprive the few war-hawks of their privileged position of power and authority that WE allow them to assume?

That programme last night featured one man who had lost his job through ill-health, another who had been made redundant, a drug addict who was trying to reform and a mother with a family. Real, ordinary people down on their luck: it could be anybody, you, me or the folk next door.

In 2015 have we not learned that people are more important than big guns? Have we learned nothing from history?


About malcolmarchibald

Happily married for 34 years to Cathy, I have three grown children and live in the depths of Moray in northern Scotland. I was educated in Edinburgh and Dundee and work as a lecturer in Inverness, while writing historical books, both fiction and fact.
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2 Responses to Poverty and foodbanks

  1. ttibben says:

    Hi Malcolm, the problem with getting the masses to do anything is getting us motivated. Most of us know what is right but won’t strive for it. Most of us try to be good without striving to do good.

  2. Brian Spooner says:

    Well, Malcolm sadly, food banks are here to stay. You’re right of course, countries like Britain, Canada as well as other developed countries have it all; food, money, everything you’d want to make life pleasant. Unfortunately, we have whole families that, through no fault of their own, cannot afford food and other luxuries. Our governments do not seem to care. What the answer is I don’t know, but all I can say is it’s up to the average everyday person to give either money or food or both to the food drives.
    This Friday, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) starts the yearly food drive in which they’ll collect several Tonnes of food, and thousands of dollars.
    I guess this is all we can expect when governments really don’t care about the poor.

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