Wednesday, January 24, 2007
CHILD POVERTY !
I was interviewed by a newspaper today who suggested that 51 % of children in my ward of Ferguslie Park lived in poverty, I persuaded the interviewer that the figure was nonsense. Still there are children who are living below the poverty line and that's a scandal. I once used the example of scientific progress ( man on the moon etc ) to illustrate that there is no excuse for poverty, hunger and disease in today's world, we have the technology and the wealth to fix it. That 'clairwil blog' chose to disingenuously accuse me of attacking science for that, ( read it for yourself ) Anyway I ( personally ) would agree with the 'save the children' report which advocates giving these families more help, £100 in summer and &100 in winter as well as £100 extra in winter for fuel etc. using their figures this comes to approx £1 Billion so, how do we fund it ? well I would tax the wealthy far more, simple eh ? I know you are all shocked by that, but it's the decent thing to do and they can afford it. Winter time means extra expense for fuel, so, utility companies should be told, during the worst parts of winter you will be obliged to give concessionary rates to those in poverty. Family allowance should be raised for the duration of school hols. to compensate for loss of free school meals etc - does this make me a dangerous radical or a man of common sense ? there are other ways, we just have to win the argument.