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I read an interesting letter today, commenting on a lady being interviewed on TV about poverty and not being able to provide her family with a hot meal while in the background could be seen a large flat screen TV, 2 games consoles and both of her children on mobiles. If that is poverty, they appear to have redefined the word. If the lady had sold all her possessions and was still unable to feed her children, I would define that as poverty.

 

I want it all and I want it now! Remember that advert? I agree with you lady, they have redefined poverty. In my days poor kids wore shoes with holes in them and trodden down backs. Today the poor will only wear top label shoes, Nike, Reebok etc.,. In my days poor kids wore hand me downs. Clothes full of patches or holes. Clothes that were either too big or too small. Today they will only wear brand new top name labels. In my days there were no cd players, x-boxes, computers and mobiles etc.,. Today nearly every kid you see has a mobile stuck to it's ear, or, earplugs stuck in their ears listening to the latest tunes on their ipods.

They are not getting those things for free (unless they are knock-offs). When I was a kid the main priorities were a roof over your head, three meals a day and a bed to sleep in and if you had those you had everything you really needed and we made our own entertainment.

Today the main priorties appear to be expensive clothes, electrical gadgets, cars etc., and never mind the rest, just plead poverty.

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Lmao.....Cutest little fellow anybody knows. Don't know what to call him but he's mighty like a rose. Wears his mother's make up, wears his sisters' clothes....Don't know what to call him but we think he's one of those....! :lol::lol::lol:

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well here's another one that will get the liberal luvvies in a tizzy.... Advertised in 2011; HR Director for Save the Children....salary: £80,000

 

http://jobs.thetimes.co.uk/job/407083/hr-director-global

 

Fancy a job as Global Programmes Director with Save the Children?...advertised with an "Attractive six figure salary".... apply here:

 

http://www.odgersberndtson.co.uk/gb/executive-opportunities/opportunity-details/?tx_llproxy_pi1%5Brequest%5D=nNmroWpjaJajop6xj6aWoMulqWDG059npqqrz8zTfZukxZ_QX8fWod2jzaaZmZ9okWpmnFqUpqhyy5-Y

 

 

or how about a graduate trainee position with a charitable housing trust in Hemel Hempstead....£21,000 a year and apparently they have a "Programme" that recruits quite a few every year... Now don't get me wrong, but why is a charity recruiting graduate trainees? Surely they should be saving their money and getting volunteers who want the experience??

 

http://jobs.thetimes.co.uk/job/421550/graduate-trainees

 

How about Director of operations for Diabetes UK? £80,000 a year plus benefits...

 

http://www.odgersberndtson.co.uk/gb/executive-opportunities/opportunity-details/?tx_llproxy_pi1%5Brequest%5D=nNmroWpjaJajop6xj6aWoMulqWDG059npqqrz8zTfZukxZ_QX8fWod2jzaaZmZ9nmGxonlqUpqhyy5-Y

 

Charity obviously begins at the directors bank accounts!!

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Lmao.....Cutest little fellow anybody knows. Don't know what to call him but he's mighty like a rose. Wears his mother's make up, wears his sisters' clothes....Don't know what to call him but we think he's one of those....! :lol::lol::lol:

Mum used to buy my clothes from the Army & Navy Stores at Market gate, I was the only kid at St James's dressed as a Japanese Admiral - Bu' Bum! :wink::D :grin:

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Asp: these characters get these obscene salaries, simply because they can - the market place allows it; and unless you want the Gov to start capping top wages (including footballers); we're left with the option to just tax it and redistribute it. :unsure:

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So, what's all this got to do with whether people are eating well enough, or not?

 

Bugger all, that's what.

 

Not surprised to see the same old "I'm alright jack" attitudes here, from people living very comfortably in the "Real World".

 

Some might say I haven't got a good word for people who don't give a toss about others, but I have.

 

Oh yes.

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So, what's all this got to do with whether people are eating well enough, or not?

 

Bugger all, that's what.

 

Not surprised to see the same old "I'm alright jack" attitudes here, from people living very comfortably in the "Real World".

 

Some might say I haven't got a good word for people who don't give a toss about others, but I have.

 

Oh yes.

 

It has everything to do with whether people are supposedly eating well or not....

 

Charities which claim to see child poverty in this country and claim that kids are going unfed are obviously failing to take note that it could well be the parents who are not feeding their kids and instead choosing to spend their money on TV's phones, holidays and cars and other such items.

 

Those same charities; whilst begging for our money are quite happily paying eye-watering salaries to their directors...

 

as for the "alright Jack" attitudes you so easily dismiss; if you or anyone else expect the likes of me to feel sympathy for anyone who doesn't put their kids first and feed them at the expense of themselves, you have another think coming (as my dad used to say) I agree that if people are claiming they can't afford to feed their kids whilst having the latest LED TV and Iphone, they have no rights to claim they can't afford food...

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Nobody is saying nobody is going without food - we are discussing the reasons why they ARE going without food - because they have their priorities all wrong. :roll:

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If some kids are going without food in this country it is shocking but if some are going without because of parental priorities then it is even worse but the parents should be deemed unfit.

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If they are not then they are doing something wrong. in this day and age with child benefits and all the other benefits the parents are entitled to, and claim, there is no need for any child to go hungry, even if they only the basics to eat.

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If they are not then they are doing something wrong. in this day and age with child benefits and all the other benefits the parents are entitled to, and claim, there is no need for any child to go hungry, even if they only the basics to eat.

 

It's the type and quality of food, not the quantity that's important.

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If they are not then they are doing something wrong

 

Heh, you really don't do non-judgemental, do you?

 

Let's hope you're never the victim of unfortunate circumstances lest people say it's your own fault.

 

A couple of links for those who can be bothered:

 

http://www.trusselltrust.org/real-stories

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/09/nick-cohen-starving-children-charity

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If they are not then they are doing something wrong

 

Heh, you really don't do non-judgemental, do you?

 

Let's hope you're never the victim of unfortunate circumstances lest people say it's your own fault.

 

A couple of links for those who can be bothered:

 

http://www.trusselltrust.org/real-stories

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/09/nick-cohen-starving-children-charity

 

 

So why is it right for you to judge those on the forum whose views differ from yours? You don't know what our lives are like now or what difficulties, redundancies or losses we have suffered over the past 40/50 years. Reading that the definition of relative poverty is having an income below 60% of the median wage probably puts many of us on here at poverty level or below.

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So why is it right for you to judge those on the forum whose views differ from yours?

 

I'll spare the mods the trouble of deleting my short answer to that, and it's not differing views I take exception to, it's blanket assumptions and presenting opinion as fact that bothers me.

 

You don't know what our lives are like...

 

Haha, some posters can't resist letting us all know just how comfortable they are.

 

I've never earned the median wage in my life so I know just how difficult things can be, like I said earlier, being hard up isn't always down to fecklessness or poor budgeting. This is how desperate some people get, and it's not just because they can't have the latest flat screen telly or Skybox:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19523881

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