Great Britain as a country has just passed the grim landmark of a million emergency food parcels being handed out, and anti-poverty campaigners are now claiming David Cameron’s administration is breaking international law on the right to food.
They have also revealed that the prime minister’s constituency office called the police when one of the country’s most senior bishops visited last week to deliver a letter about food poverty.
“We are calling on David Cameron to demonstrate the Christian values that he proclaims through actions and not just words when it comes to the problem of growing food poverty in the UK,” said Reverend Keith Hebden, an Anglican priest and spokesman for the main campaign against food poverty in the UK, End Hunger Fast.
Police were called when Hebden accompanied the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard – one of the UK’s most senior religious figures – to Cameron’s constituency office in Witney, Oxfordshire, to hand in a letter about food poverty signed by scores of church figures.
“Summoning the police like that illustrates the sense of panic in this government about rising food poverty levels because they are in such denial about this problem,” Hebden said, pointing out the police soon left when they realised they were not required.
Campaigners blame radical reforms to Britain’s welfare system under the ruling Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition and say ministers refuse to meet them to discuss the issue.