Alistair Carmichael was part of the Tory led government that let the 1000 richest families double their wealth
“How come we are poorer Mummy Vole?”, Svein asked yesterday.
Well, Mrs Vole replied, ‘Our Government is full of rich people with lots of rich friends and they were worried about getting poorer. Big companies and their share holders also got cross about paying tax like normal people. If they were asked to, they would huff and puff and promise to run away. So, the Government has used something they call ‘Austerity’ as an excuse to take money from us and give it to their friends. Its something they call ‘capitalism’.
“Thats not a good thing?”then said Svein?
“No, it isn’t. We want a Scotland that is for everyone, the poor and the rich.”
“Is that going to happen?”
“It may, if people start voting for the SNP in Scotland and Labour in England.”
He asked us “why do Scottish people hate the Liberal Democrats now?’
Mrs Vole started off, “We don’t hate individual Liberal Democrats, not even Mr. Carmichael. We don’t know if he is a good man or a bad man, that’s not up to us. We judge him by his public actions and what his party has done. They have been very bad. About how he is as a man, we know nothing.”
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.