Even Martin Lewis is out of ideas – the Tories have made poverty our new normal


Many UK food bank users are now turning down potatoes and root vegetables because they can’t afford the fuel to cook them (Getty)

As Britons plunge into the biggest drop in living standards since the aftermath of World War II, a country on the brink asks for help not from the historic halls of Downing Street, but from a journalist-turned-news guru. personal finances and a famous anti on Twitter. – campaigning against poverty. How did we get there ?

Within a decade, the founder of Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has gone from the man who shouts about two-for-one deals online to an accidental national savior who tells desperate people how to avoid starvation and death by exposure. His ally in this Dickensian nightmare is Jack Monroea cookbook author who once specialized in budget recipes, but now spends her days answering panicked calls from petrified, penniless citizens.

Britain’s collapse into state-sanctioned poverty has pushed these unlikely heroes into unenviable recesses, forcing everyone to admit that no level of frugality can do anything to counter the unprecedented rise of the cost of living.

“I have to say that as a money saving expert who is known for this, I have no tools to help people now. This is not something money management can solve,” Lewis told the BBC grimly. Sunday morning program.

Monroe said she had ‘never known the magnitude of despair and terror’ that now floods her inbox every day, before tweeting what is arguably the most damning indictment of This Conservative administration’s Thatcherite approach: A “no fuel” recipe for cooking canned fish in pineapple, which helps you kill deadly bacteria without turning on the gas.

As soaring bills and exorbitant rents cripple the nation, Lewis and Monroe warned that the crisis we now face is worse than the global financial crash and the pandemic combined. They are right.

In the feverish years that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers and took the global economy with it, just over 25,000 Britons relied on food banks for three days of emergency food every week. By the end of 2021, that number had jumped to an almost unbelievable 2.5 million. Like our unlikely heroes, I shudder to think that this number will climb after the real impact of the energy price cap increase is felt in the months to come.

Dystopian decisions made by suitably dressed politicians in Westminster’s gilded cage now threaten to destitute the widest swath of British society in history. From welfare recipients and blue-collar workers to students and the middle class, no one will be immune to the price hikes that will bring this country to breaking point.

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The fact that such Victorian austerity is doled out by people like Rishi Sunaka former banker believed to be the wealthiest man in the Commons with an estimated net worth of £200million, boggles the mind.

Days before Sunak unveiled his Kafkaesque spring statement last month, Icelandic supermarket boss Malcolm Walker made the chilling claim that many UK food bank users are now refusing potatoes and root vegetables because they cannot afford the fuel to cook them. I ask you to read that again.

Heating your home should not be a luxury. Putting three nutritious meals on your family’s table every day shouldn’t be a luxury. Being able to afford the cost of transportation to your place of work without losing part of your salary should not be a luxury.

If the revelation that millions of citizens in the world’s fifth largest economy not only depend on donations, but are unable to accept said donations due to the rising cost of boiling the kettle was not enough to cause the Chancellor to reconsider some of his most egregious politics, so I defer to Lewis’s haunting words: I’m out of ideas.


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