Wednesday, 5 September 2012
Do you know these children? - A crying shame
THIRTEEN years ago a country which had 4million or so children living in poverty announced it would do something about it. Their leaders, just two years after being elected in a landslide, vowed to stop children growing up cold and hungry, failing at school, and being trapped in poverty their whole lives. In fact, said the leaders, they'd wipe the problem out by 2020.It was a great idea, rather let down by the fact it took them four years to agree how to measure poverty, nine years to get around to planning legislation, and another 18 months before the laws were agreed and came into force. Thirteen years on, 3.6m children are still growing up poor and hungry in that country. It's predicted to hit 4.2m in the next four years - a third of all their children. Things are so bad that for the first time ever Save the Children has announced a new fundraising campaign to buy them blankets and food. Only we're not talking about somewhere gloomy and grim in Africa. This is Britain in 2012.
GO HERE to read the full article by the brilliant Fleet Street Fox