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Austerity

Some time ago, an article did the rounds on social media in which the author described the benefits of foraging and ‘skip diving’ – the practice of digging through supermarkets’ refuse for expired and nearly expired food stuffs – as a way of surviving welfare sanctions, food poverty, and unemployment. The article appeared at a time when all over the United Kingdom volunteers were working round the clock to stock and man foodbanks that were everywhere reporting record levels of dependency. Every day there were stories in the tabloids about parents raising hell over their mentally handicapped adult children being declared ‘fit for work,’ benefits being cut off to terminally ill women and men reduced to living on a few pence a week, and reports of suicides and isolated people dying alone in their flats of starvation – starvation, no less. At the time, wellmeaning as the article was, it sent me into a rage. Here we were in one of the richest countries in the world, and decisions made by a government of privately educated millionaires in London were forcing people into the woods to scratch out a living from the undergrowth or into the garbage.

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