I don't know if you watched it, but there was a programme on BBC1 last night called 'Poor Kids', in which children from three different families in the UK were filmed talking about their lives. Each family lives in dire poverty, and in one case, in a flat so riddled with damp, mould and mildew, it surely cannot be considered fit for human habitation. Two out of three of the children reported going without food on the days they weren't in school to receive free school dinners. The parents appeared to have no hope for a better way of life, and the children themselves were world-weary and resigned.
There are threads on the Internet today lambasting everyone from the parents, to politicians, and to woolly-minded, middle-class lightweights like myself. I don't care what anyone wants to call me for saying this, but I am appalled to find there are people, families, children living in such squalor in Britain, one of the richest countries in the world, in this day and age. I don't have any answers or suggestions, I am just staggered at the sheer insanity behind the chasm that exists in the standards of living for ordinary people in this country. It is disgusting, and an utter disgrace. I don't understand how we, the people who make up our society, allow it to be so.
BBC1 'Poor Kids: A child's view of growing up in poverty'