Thursday, 22 October 2020

The Right Message

As Nigel Farage puts it, "If the government can subsidise Eat Out to Help Out, not being seen to give poor kids lunch in the school holidays looks mean and is wrong." 

Serco made off with £12 billion for a broken app. Tax that back. Not because we would have to; that is not how the money supply works. But because doing it this way would send the right message.


  1. It’s nonsense of course. Eat Out To Help Out is about saving jobs and livelihoods,( which wouldn’t need saving if it wasn’t for a stupid lockdown that Sweden never needed) whereas schools were never responsible for their pupils in the holidays and it is up to parents to use their wages or Universal Credit to feed their children.

    “We shouldn’t nationalise children“, as one Red Wall Tory MP put it.

    Quite right.

    1. Tell it to Nigel Farage. Or to anyone else, come to that. They have done themselves no end of damage with this.

      If wages (about to be cut by a third) and Universal Credit (is that supposed to be a joke?) could feed these children, then there would be no free school meals at all.

  2. I don’t need to tell it to Parliament, including the new Red Wall MPs, who’ve just voted it down. Universal Credit has just been significantly increased, and there’s no parent who can’t afford to feed their own kids in the holidays. There’s a difference between free meals at school and at home...

    Of course if Rashford really cared about this (as opposed to fashionable virtue signaling) he’d point out the elephant in the room is the lockdown-which is the real cause of poverty.

    Ending that would do far more for jobs and livelihoods than a couple of meal vouchers.

    1. They are going to climb down on this. When you do not even have Farage to go to, then there is no reason for them not to. Conservative-controlled councils are already doing so.