The Tory Attitude to Mass Starvation: Let Them Eat Cake

Mike’s put up this evening on his blog a piece wondering if the reason the Tories launched their ‘Help Out To Eat Out’ scheme to encourage people to start going out to restaurants again wasn’t because they wanted to restart the economy, but simply stuff their faces at public expense. He’s put up a couple of pieces about the Tory MPs Nadhim Zahawi and the abomination formerly in charge of the NHS, Jeremy Hunt, both talking about how they used to scheme to get a free lunch. There’s a meme about Zahawi stating just how much he’s raked in on expenses and for working for an oil company, in addition to his generous salary as an MP. But he doesn’t feel that such largesse should be awarded to the disabled, and voted for a £30 cut in their benefits.

Mike’s blogged about this issue before. The scheme was never going to tackle the real problem of starvation, or ‘food poverty’ in this country, because the people afflicted by it can’t afford to go to restaurants. Many of them can’t afford to buy food, which is why there’s been such a massive expansion in food banks.

But the middle classes, and the rich Tories who represent them, can.

This all reminds of the expenses scandal back in 2004, when large sections of parliament were caught claiming as much as they could get their hands on in expenses, far beyond what was being awarded in pay for the rest of us mere mortals. They had also voted to cut the salaries of their staff. That blew up in their faces when it was exposed by the Torygraph, which may well have been the last time that wretched newspaper ever did anything right.

And now they’re doing it again while millions starve.

It all reminds me of the famous reply Marie Antoinette supposedly gave to the news that the French peasantry were starving because they had no bread.

‘Well, let them eat cake’.

That’s come to symbolise the grotesque self-indulgence and absolute complacency of the French aristocracy, an attitude that led to the Revolution, the execution of the monarchy and the mass murder of Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety.

This seems to be the modern, Tory British version. People don’t have food on the table, but blow them! Let them go to a restaurant instead, like the Tories and their rich friends from the Bullingdon Club and other centres of the self-indulgent, callous rich.

Was ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ really meant to help super-rich Tories get cheap meals at the taxpayer’s expense?

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4 Responses to “The Tory Attitude to Mass Starvation: Let Them Eat Cake”

  1. trev Says:

    We’d better start building a Guillotine!

  2. trev Says:

    It’s just occurred to me that this meal compensation scheme could be wide open to fraud. I don’t really know how it works but what’s to stop a restaurant from claiming it’s sold more meals than it has, then claiming the tenner comp. back on loads of non-existent meals?

  3. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

  4. Blissex Says:

    «This all reminds of the expenses scandal back in 2004, when large sections of parliament were caught claiming as much as they could get their hands on in expenses, far beyond what was being awarded in pay for the rest of us mere mortals.»

    To me this seems just a match made in hell between rank hypocrisy and stupid populism:

    * The expenses scandal happened entirely because Commons thought that it would be unpopular to raise their own salaries formally, so they arranged with rank hypocrisy to allows themselves to expense “whatever” instead of a raise.

    * Giving corporate lobbies the option to pay MPs a lot more than voters are willing to seems to me stupid populism. It is not as if MPs are pure philosopher kings rather than human beings, they are mere mortals too, and lots of mere mortals are susceptible to increasing degrees of rewards on the side. Some MPs will always be corruptible, some never, but for most the outcome often depends on the degree of temptation.

    Usually in the race between rank hypocrisy and stupid populism the latter loses, the corporate lobbies are not stupid.

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