Friday, 17 January 2014

Taken from todays The Sentinel (Staffordshire) 

EDWINA Curry aired her controversial views this morning on BBC Radio Stoke.
The former MP spoke out about her disagreement with foodbanks being a long term solution even going as far as to question the need for them in this country.

She said: “For the life of me I can’t see how giving someone a tin of soup when they are suffering from a mental illness or when they’ve got debt problems is going to contribute in any long term way to solving their problems.

“It is such a short term help. If people have got into debt one of the key things that they should be asking themselves is why did I get into debt and what did I do that was stupid to get into debt and what can I avoid doing in the future? How do I actually take control of my life so that I am not in this situation?”

The novelist and broadcaster added: “One of the things I think an older generation like myself and perhaps even older than that, like my grandparents who lived in real poverty in Liverpool, what they all realised is that difficult times do come and that what you have to do in the good times is to put a little bit of money to one side to make sure that you have got that as support.

“I get very, very troubled at the number of people who are using food banks who think that it’s fine to pay to feed their dog, their dog is in good nick and beautiful, but they never learn to cook, they never learn to manage and the moment they’ve got a bit of spare cash they’re off getting another tattoo.

“We should feel cross about this, all of us.”

Edwina stated that she disagrees with local authorities across the country contributing funds to foodbanks.

Figures show that the amount of people visiting these services in the UK has tripled since 2012.

Nikki Sinclaire, MEP for the West Midlands who has helped to donate and deliver three tons of food to foodbanks was left speechless by Edwina’s comments.

She said: “This type of perpetuating myth that poor people are filling their boots, people on benefits, not all people that go to foodbanks are on benefits.

“Generally foodbanks work on a system where they can only go there two or three times.
“The comments Edwina is making, I find that they have no relation to reality.”

Nikki then challenged Edwina to spend a day at a Stoke foodbank with her where she could meet and talk to the people in need of support.

She then responded to Edwina and said: “You don’t represent anyone, you are spouting off and its absolutely terrible and what you’re breeding is a hate towards these people.”