Poverty UK is a political choice. So says Philip Aston the UN Poverty Envoy looking into the UK. Austerity reported as a political mentality. Universal Credit not working. Brexit will hit the poorest hardest. The social safety net is no longer able to care for those in need. Poverty UK
The most depressing part of the report was of two worlds. Where politicians have no connection to the impact on people who are seeking help from food banks and charities.
Politics/Press, Tories/Labour, Leave/Remainers are exercises in prejudice, a lack of awareness, and not wanting to hear what the other has to say. This happens in relationships and families. And most significantly it is in ourselves.
Denial, blind spot, what is unknown and unable to be accessed by us about us. This remains a significant human trait which allows us to escape pain. Maintain the status quo. And feel “comfortable” If we have no self reflection or self awareness what stops us being callous and cruel trying to look after ourselves and those around us?
The usual reason to explain people’s behaviour is that they don’t care. Perhaps. But is it a lack of awareness to the plight of poverty? If we haven’t experienced poverty it is hard to imagine a life of grinding focus on how to make a little go a long way.
Classless Britain has always been a layercake. If you go up or down your life is still seen in layers, or moving between layers. Layers are the institutionalised structure. We cannot escape it – yet.
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