Every child enduring poverty is a stain on our nation – Tony Blair is absolutely right about that.
And the total has soared from 3.6 to 4.2 million during 10 years of callous Tory misrule with the figure likely to go up to 5.2m unless the Government changes.
Labour had pledged to abolish child poverty by 2020 so this appalling misery is a political choice. We can and must do better.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s praise for Marcus Rashford will be hollow words unless he invests in decency, raising incomes to give every child a fair start in life.
Tory-perpetuated myths about scroungers and feckless families are lies. Three-quarters of poor kids live in households with at least one parent working. Poor pay and poor benefits create child poverty. Not poor parenting.
Sunak won’t be forgiven if his poverty of ambition scars millions of young lives.
Coronavirus deaths leaping to 608, the highest daily total since May, is a grim reminder this crisis isn’t over despite another vaccine breakthrough.
At the same time fresh cases fell to 15,450 yesterday, underlining how lockdown rules save lives. The fatality rate is a legacy of when the virus was spreading rapidly.
So easing rules over five days of Christmas is a deadly gamble. It could lead to families paying a fatal price in January and February.
If it’s unsafe now to hug a parent or grandparent, why would it suddenly be safe between 23-27 December? It won’t.
We need the public to show the common sense too frequently absent in those in power.
Don and out
Donald Trump is the reality TV bully dragged kicking and screaming into accepting the reality that he was beaten fairly and squarely by Joe Biden.
The giant ego may not be able to admit the truth publicly but tantrum thrower Trump had better call the removal company for January.