Over the last couple of years I have seen poverty starting to bite the most vulnerable harder. The first tangible sign for me was seeing the adverts for the food bank appearing on estates. No food, no money for food?
It hit me hard that in Britain being poor could still mean hunger.
This week a friend shared a photo takin in East London. It was of a lock up garage that a family were living in. There was the bed made up, the pots and pans. I have seen garages used as shooting galleries by drug addicts. This was nothing of the kind. What was crushing about this photo was how neat it was, how the people living there were trying to make it a home.
Most decision makers don't meet the poor. The whining 'squeezed middle' are where the swing votes grow. These are tough times, but we are still a rich enough nation to afford ensure all our people have enough to eat, and get to sleep in a room built for humans not machines.