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There is no doubt that Marcus Rashford is a hero. A 22-year-old playing professional football for his country, after growing up in child poverty is an incredible story.And, despite the ad hominem attacks by Tory MPs in Parliament – accusing Rashford of being a celebrity merely “virtue-signalling” – he has kept his head held high, expertly highlighting the humanity deficit in British politics by rising above their attempts to politicise poor children.Indeed, I myself grew up in child poverty on a council estate in Birmingham, and relied on free school meals at various points during my childhood to get by, so I know, first-hand, how vital they are. Related... Marcus Rashford Is Tweeting Out Every Place Offering Kids Free Meals No.10 Keeps Refusing To Praise Businesses For Offering Free Meals To Children That’s why the necessity of Rashford’s campaign horrifies me. That a footballer has to lead a campaign to feed hungry children because his government refuses to, that struggling businesses are stepping in to give what little they have to help our nation’s kids, is not and must not be seen as a victory for humanity – it’s a tragedy. We are currently facing the biggest global recession in history. Businesses up and down the country are struggling to weather the storm, and millions find themselves completely left out by the government’s economic support.And it is now these businesses that are having to step in to provide food for starving children with what little they have left. We’re also seeing underfunded local councils and authorities stepping forward such as Manchester and Birmingham – Rashford and I’s cities respectively – to try and help.These are areas that have publicly, and, at times, explosively, stated that they need more financial support than the government is offering to prevent a spike in poverty during the pandemic. Because, like Covid-19, child poverty in the UK is a national crisis.Related... Five Baffling Reasons Tories Have Given For Voting Against Free School Meals At present, 4.2 million children live in relative poverty in the UK – with 2.4 million in absolute poverty. It is becoming such an issue that the UN described it as “systemic and tragic” in 2019 – and that was before the economic crisis we’re in now.The government was failing our nation’s children even before the pandemic hit. But now they have compounded their moral bankruptcy by choosing to continue to ignore them.These children cannot vote, do not have a platform, and cannot speak for themselves. Indeed, it is this that led Rashford to say: “For as long as they don’t have a voice, they will have mine.”So, when I see Rashford tweeting constantly over the course of the last 24 hours with various places across the country that are offering to feed children, I can’t help but feel despair that this is happening in the sixth wealthiest nation in the world.So, while I support Rashford’s campaign, and all those sacrificing what little they have to help children, I also despair at its necessity.How is it that a 22-year-old footballer has more humanity than the House of Commons? And my despair is deepened by the rhetoric coming out of the government during this bleak and desperate time. Conservatives presented arguments against feeding children in the run up to the vote on free school meals, saying they can’t “nationalise children”, “create dependencies”, “wreck” the economy, or “take responsibility from parents”.Not only are these statements disingenuous, barefaced lies, they completely overlook the fact that 72% of children living in poverty are in working households. And have they forgotten that the state has a responsibility to ensure there is food for children, as outlined under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. But things don’t have to be this way – despite what the government says.Scotland this year announced its intention to enshrine the convention in Scots law, which would make it illegal for the government to stand idly by in the face of child food poverty.Nicola Sturgeon has announced that children will continue to be fed over the holidays, as well as the policy of parents being provided with £10 food vouchers per child. Let’s be clear: Rashford’s campaign is an emergency measure to prevent a catastrophe of the government’s making.Unlike the Conservative government, the Scottish Parliament show how the rights of children should not be an ideological game or political football; these are children’s lives, and futures.Statistics show that children in food poverty have worse outcomes; from malnutrition, to the ability to concentrate in the classroom, food insecurity has serious long-term social, economic, and health consequences. And, as Rashford says, child food poverty “is never the child’s fault”. So, while I support Rashford’s campaign, and all those sacrificing what little they have to help children, I also despair at its necessity.We must make sure the government do not see the kindness of the British public as an opportunity to continue their shameless and wanton negligence of their responsibilities to the nation’s children.Because, let’s be clear: Rashford’s campaign is an emergency measure to prevent a catastrophe of the government’s making. The enduring, structural change we need can only come from the top – from a government that puts the lives of children before their ideologically toxic and morally bankrupt approach to child food poverty.  Nadine Batchelor Hunt is a freelance journalist.Got a unique opinion on a news story that will help cut through the noise? We want to hear from you. Find out what we’re looking for here and pitch us on [email protected] in Opinion... 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Coca-Cola would likely remove more brands from its "hydration" category, which includes Dasani, Powerade, and Smart Water, CEO James Quincey said.
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Looking to partner with an SEO agency to manage your enterprise website? Here are things to consider if you want to choose the right agency.The post Choosing the Right SEO Agency for Enterprise SEO via @SEOGoddess appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
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Infinix has added a new 4GB variant to its recently launched Hot 10 in India.
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Snaps vs Flatpaks, losing in mobile, Microsoft and Linux, and avoiding another GNOME 2 to 3 disaster Interview  Patent assertion entities: do not pick a fight with open source. It won't end well for you. This is the message from GNOME Foundation executive director Neil McGovern, who will speak on the subject at the Open Source Summit Europe next week.…
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Nintendo is dropping the price of buying a single Joy-Con controller by half down to $39.99. That’s $10 less than the original $49.99 the company originally charged for single controller replacements. The newly priced Joy-Con will be available starting on November 9th. Interestingly, Nintendo appears to only be discounting two very specific models of its controllers: a right Joy-Con in red, and a left Joy-Con in blue — exactly matching the two controllers that are included in Nintendo’s default blue/red Switch SKU. Starting on 11/9, single #NintendoSwitch Joy-Con controllers will be available for purchase for $39.99. Choose from the left Joy-Con controller in Neon Blue, and the right Joy-Con controller in Neon Red. p... Continue reading…
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President Donald Trump said he opened a Chinese bank account when he was considering a deal there. He had accounts "all over the place," he said.
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Microsoft's Xbox Series X will let your old media remotes work thanks to its IR receiver.
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The adorable Fiat 500 and 500e was discontinued in America for 2020. You can blame abysmal sales numbers for that, but the 2021 500e is rising from the ashes with a new rear door. Yes, the Fiat 500e is now a proper four-door coupe like the Hyundai Veloster. Unveiled recently by Fiat Brand President Olivier François at the Pinacoteca Agnelli … Continue reading
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LG will soon unveil a new smartphone LG Q52, as evidenced by the large-scale leak of its characteristics and a large collection of live images. ... The post LG Q52 photos and specifications leaked before the announcement appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Sales of non-food are now above their pre-pandemic levels in February, except for fuel, as more Brits worked from home and traveled less.
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An increasing number of people are considering doing their own piercings during the pandemic – because clearly, they’ve never watched that wince-inducing scene in The Parent Trap. Searches for “home piercing kit” in the UK have increased 576% since the start of lockdown, while searches for “piercing ears at home” have increased by 244% and “how to pierce your own ear” by 133%.While some tattoo parlours and piercing salons are open, the work they’re able to deliver is restricted.Tattooists and body piercers are currently “strongly advised” not to tattoo or perform a body piercing that will bring them within the “highest risk zone” of their clients, according to the government guidelines. This means avoiding the area on the face, the throat and the front of the neck, where respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking can pose a hazard from the client to the practitioner and vice versa. In case you need reminding, Daena Borrowman, from Jewellerybox.co.uk who conducted the analysis of search trends, says trying to pierce yourself at home, without proper equipment and health and safety, is “extremely dangerous”.“If you’re not careful you can shatter cartilage on impact which could leave you with irreversible lumps and increased chance of jewellery rejection,” she says. “Not only this, but your piercing can end up uneven, in the wrong place and of course, in the worst case scenario, infected.”It’s always better to go to an experienced and qualified piercer to get the safest and best experience overall, says Borrowman, even if that means waiting until after restrictions are lifted. “The rise in people piercing their own bodies is a concern and isn’t something we’d advise you do at home,” she says. “To be safe, you would at least need sterilising equipment and liquids, the professional needles, the right type of jewellery and gloves.”READ MORE: 10 Ways To Make Working From Home A Bit Cheerier Right Now 'I Expect A Manic Return': What Lockdown Is Like For Tattoo Artists Here's How To Get Up And Exercise Outdoors, Even If It's Cold, Dark And Wet
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