We all know what has happened with food banks in the UK since the austerity cuts began under the Coalition. Even Alistair Carmichael admitted there was a link between benefit sanctions and reliance on food banks. We do not believe they should be needed in a civilised country and are so sad that our own MP was part of the Government that has made them a necessity. This is why we think it appropriate to pass on to them any surplus money raised by the crowdfunding campaign that is requesting the courts to declare his election null and void.
So money will not be wasted – since the article published by Bella Caledonia carrying an update appeared last night (August 20th) £4,000 extra cash has been donated and more is coming in every couple of minutes- we are very, very grateful for the support that helps build our determination to bring matters to a decent conclusion as soon as possible.
You can contribute here. Together, we will reclaim our polity and make sure that our politicians are no less honest than anyone else.
“Might I suggest that someone in Kirkwall with direct access to Mr. Carmichael points out the obvious first step on his road to redemption … that by doing the honourable thing before 29th May, he will be personally responsible for the donation of between £30,690 – £60,000 to Scottish food banks.”
The campaign has promised to give them all funds raised that are not used in litigation or to meet the Indiegogo site costs. The sooner he goes, the more money we can give.
Some one else asked,
“Can your legal team ascertain the anonymous civil servant and why they (a) placed a ‘caveat’ on their memo? and (b) did not ring the Conseil General back to clarify.Even if unsuccessful, this action is still worth every penny as a warning shot over the bows of ‘HMSGreat British State’. They may think twice of smearing anyone else for their own gain. It sends the message, loud and clear, that the people of Scotland are awake; we no longer take their lies, lying down. Scotland deserves better.”
Carmichael‘s fantastic benefits system means children going hungry. This is what having the LibDems as our MPs for over 50 years mean when they get into government- poverty amongst rich fields and oil wealthy. Here! Is this good enough? Of course not. When you go to Tescos make sure you put pasta and tins aside for the Food Bank – its a disgrace but until we get our own country we are going to have to do because the State is morally bankrupt and those who serve in the Cabinet are culpable. This is the situation in Kirkwall – what they said on their website
“October has been a particulary busy month with 688kg of food being distributed – 27 adults and 23 children were supported. We received 805kg in donations with almost half of this coming from harvest donations and 320kg from the Tesco permanent collection point – thank you very much for your continued generosity.”
This is what Neil Riddell of the Shetland News said was happening today in Shetland
WHENEVER Angela Nunn of the Salvation Army hands out hot water bottles, blankets and duvets to some of Shetland’s most needy residents, she has mixed feelings: “They need to be able to afford to heat their home properly.”
It is a deeply uncomfortable truth that, in a wealthy community with exceptionally low unemployment, demand for food parcels and other assistance exists at all.
Retired Anderson High School geography teacher David Grieve recently joined the Salvation Army as a community assistant. It has been an eye-opener for him: “I wasn’t aware of the poverty situation we have in Shetland. People just assume poverty isn’t there – it’s hidden.”
People still ask Nunn from time to time: “Do you send the food parcels to Aberdeen?”
While the proportion of folk affected is relatively small compared to many parts of the country, demand is not letting up.
At this time a year ago, my father died and Christmas was a time of closing the door on the world. But the support of family and friends was of huge comfort to me, and as we approach again this normally festive season, I wonder about those who don’t have such support here in Orkney, or are so worried about money that it certainly won’t be a time of celebration. This is the second Christmas we will have had a Food Bank: doesn’t this seem appalling in such a supposedly well-off, caring community as ours, one that according to a poll published earlier in the year is rated as the happiest and most satisfied? There is a long and proud record of Orkney giving to all sorts of charities at home and abroad, yet under our noses there is child poverty, fuel poverty, a rise in enquiries to CAB on debt; we need social workers, foster carers, mental health carers, drug and alcohol councillors; there is the weekly “walk of shame” in the Orcadian.