The Upsetting Reality Of Modern Day Poverty

This is Great Britain today.

It is an very well written article which cannot fail to touch you.

Our politicians, and the TV chefs, seem to live in a parallel universe. The meal plans that they propose for a single “cheap” meal, require a budget which some families have to live on for a week! Please read the article.

At the forthcoming general election we should all divert our votes away from Labour, Coservative and Liberal Democrat. And to vote for UKIP and their leader, who is the modern day Reginald Molesley, would be even worse than the aforementioned three!

I would urge you to look very closely at what the independents are saying. Some of them are pushing agenda which are much more meaningful to people like Kathleen Kerridge, and to you and me. Listening to those independent candidates may prove to be worthwhile for you.

For me, the Green Party will get my X. They appear to be the only major political party left with values anywhere near my own.

kathleen kerridge

This is a post about a subject very close to home.  My home.  It is about politicians who wouldn’t know poverty if it chewed on their overpaid arses.

It’s about Jamie Oliver.

Now, to put this out there, I loved Jamie.  For years and years, I idolised the man.  He taught me to cook, when I could barely operate a Pot Noodle and we lived off Smash (dehydrated potatoes) and pasta (we even overcooked that).  I would watch all his shows and learn, slowly, from the TV.  In less than a year, I was able to cook a three course meal for 15 people.  Gourmet became easy and I was soon laughing my way through 3 meat roasts and cooked-from-scratch curries.  I owe my skill in the kitchen to Jamie.  I have a lot to thank him for.

Jamie Oliver was good to watch, when I had money.  Before I had…

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About Lance Greenfield

Blog: email: I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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2 Responses to The Upsetting Reality Of Modern Day Poverty

  1. scskillman says:

    Thank you for reblogging this, Lance, and this lady’s blog post is powerful stuff. I still remember a quote from David Lodge’s book “Changing Places”, a book published in 1979 (which, by the way, is brilliantly funny). There’s a phrase in it which Lodge uses of the circumstances his academic character Philip finds himself in, together with his family: “their lives were riddled by petty deprivations.” I still think this expresses perfectly the plight of those who we might call the “invisible poor” in our society, who have far too much pride and self-respect to make use of food banks, and who may look to the world “middle class and respectable” but who are constantly suffering those petty deprivations that well-paid politicians, journalists etc. have no concept of. These may seem “petty” deprivations but they are demoralising and soul-destroying.

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    • You are so right, Sheila. The gulf between the attitudes of the rich and the poor in this world has always appalled me. Generally, but not always, I have found that the poorer parts of society are happier with their lives than the richer. They certainly have less to feel guilty about.

      Following an truly life-changing event for me, when I was just fifteen, I created my life motto which has been part of me ever since. You can see it at the bottom of my About page. I think that you have already seen it.

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