Love or hate Boris Johnson he tends to get things wrong as we all do because we are human and it's only natural but this time in my true and humble opinion BOJO has gone too far and overstepped the mark on all counts.
You know you're POOR when you have to queue at the local food bank because you just can't see where your next meal is coming from. You know you're poor when that package of food is what will sustain your family for the next few days.
It's no secret that regulatory loopholes and offshore havens allow corporations and wealthy individuals the legal means to avoid paying vast sums in tax. This has been going on for years, and seems a somewhat more fitting example of a people living 'on the take'.
Food banks are a hot topic at the moment- with an extra resonance because it's Harvest Festival this weekend. The idea that in the midst of plenty, many of our fellow citizens are relying on food hand outs, is an uncomfortable fact for many of us.
George Osborne's latest announcement is that "austerity works" as though we are all just living in a snapshot of a nostalgic poster of post-war Britain. You sit at home in your coat. Drag yourself to the cooker to pour some tinned tomatoes over some cold pasta, and try not to hurl it across the room in frustration when your toddler tells you he doesn't want it. But there isn't anything else. But aren't we supposed to just keep calm and carry on? There's nothing cosy and nostalgic about missing days of meals, turning the heating off for two consecutive winters and every bloody day and night in between.
If you believe the headlines people are going hungry in Britain today. The only reason they are not starving to death is because soup kitchens, food banks and other charitable schemes are springing up to serve those in most desperate need... But scratch the surface a little beneath these shocking headlines and you might find you come to a rather different view.
Despite the challenges, there are huge opportunities for Britain to lead the world on food. The UK is home to some of the world's best universities and research centres on agriculture, food and environmental sciences. We need to find practical applications for this research to be translated into commercial and business opportunities.
Statistics published on Friday worryingly put the government on course to miss its legal duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020. It is a national scandal that the 21st Century, child poverty in this country is continuing to affect children's lives.
Currently, UK businesses (excluding banks) are hoarding cash to the tune of £318bn. As valuable as investing in expanding their own production is, whilst demand remains deflated businesses simply have no incentive to do so. Instead of stockpiling this cash for a rainy day that's already upon us, business should be investing in philanthropic ventures.
What would you do if you found yourself unable to feed your family? It's a question people are having to ask themselves in increasing numbers in Britain today.
Like Citizens Advice the Money Advice Trust that runs the Debtline has called for the OFT to intervene where these companies are not sticking to 'responsible lending' practices.
Thousands of British children are going to school hungry every day, while the country faces an obesity and dietary crisis that is costing the NHS £6bn per year. The numbers speak for themselves: Britain has sleepwalked into a diet crisis, with unaffordable social and economic implications.
Telling us that the deficit is the priority when families are homeless and starving shows a government astonishingly out of touch. It needs to back its early promises, and understand that redistributing money to those that need it from those who don't deserve it (some might even say from perpetrator to victim, in a roundabout way) will demonstrate that this we really are all in this together and that it isn't redundant, dogmatic ideology that is providing the impetus.
As austerity measures bite even harder, there's little festive cheer for many queuing up to receive donated food. That amongst those lining up for the hand-outs it's not just individuals on benefits, but plenty of men and women who work, is a harsh reminder of life in Britain today. "So many people who need to use the food bank actually think of themselves as someone who gives to the food bank, not who receives," Louise Wratten, who runs the Trussell Trust's Salisbury Food Bank, told The Huffington Post UK.
Despite claiming to stand up for hard working families, Mr Osborne's measures are hitting the working poor as well as the allegedly feckless where it really hurts. If the government truly wants to represent working families, it needs to take a different aim to reduce welfare spend.
As we look back on an event-packed 2012, and realise that the full effect of the Government cuts has yet to be felt, there is a greater need than ever to strengthen and empower local communities across the country. We need to join together to create warmth and humanity in what could be a bleak 2013.