Tory MP sparks furious backlash by blaming ‘chaotic parents’ for sending children to school hungry

Tory MP sparks furious backlash by blaming ‘chaotic parents’ for sending children to school hungry

10/29/2020 3:42:00 PM

Tory MP sparks furious backlash by blaming ‘chaotic parents’ for sending children to school hungry

A Tory MP sparked backlash by blaming 'chaotic parents' for sending their children to school hungry. John Penrose, husband of Test and Trace chief Dido Harding, sought to defend himself for voting

In a lengthy letter to a constituent, he wrote:My personal view is that we need to focus much more on tackling the root causes of poverty, rather than the symptoms. If we focus too much on income inequality, it is at best a poor proxy for disadvantage and lack of opportunity, and is particularly dangerous because it leads swiftly to the idea (beloved of the left) that the answer is simply to hand out more benefits and tax credits to level out incomes. But that doesn't necessarily improve life chances - in fact it can increase dependency - and is more of a 'sticking plaster' solution which treats the symptoms of the problem rather than its causes.

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The Weston-super-Mare MP went on to write:Practical measures which made a genuine difference to the causes of poverty include things like the Pupil Premium, which gives schools extra funding for disadvantaged pupils; breakfast clubs, which help children with chaotic parents who send them to school without breakfast so they can't concentrate properly; and steadily-improving teaching [...].

The letter was called"despicable".Penrose was criticised for being"remote and arrogant".Some of his constituents even protested his vote against extending free school meals– although this appears to have been before he sent the letter.

According toThe Mirror, Penrose responded to the backlash by saying:I’m afraid this says more about the silly anti-Tory prejudices of a couple of local Labour activists than about what’s really in my letter, which is clearly about how breakfast clubs can be a valuable way of dealing with one of the causes of poverty, not about everybody else who uses breakfast clubs too.

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Disgraceful, inhumane, totally uncomprehending of the huge damage toryism, neoliberalism, austerity have done go the social and economic fabric of our country. Mr Dildo Harding. Says it all really. Disgusting, but expected! Why are people still supporting these clowns?! I think Mr. Penrose will find breakfast clubs are also utilised by 'chaotic parents' who start work early; eg, some of those keyworkers in public facing roles during the UK's lockdown. He is also welcome to ask a Midwife, Doctor, Nurse or Dentist about the chaos of malnutrition.

Why not give up your £25 per day food allowance you greedy thieves Typical Tory, can't see beyond his middle class bubble. He is correct, in most cases These people don't give a shit about you yet the fuckheads in this country vote for them anyway. Best country 👍 ToryScum I suggest they look at their PM who has now many children with how many woman! Or are we saying wealthy chaos is ok?

That face needs a good slap 😂😂😂 He either comes from a non-hard working family or clearly lives on a different planet! 1st, more than 50% of families in the UK depends on both parents salaries to afford a living. 2nd, it is by law the school duty through government to insure children wellbeing including food!

And he's right. The Left approves of Children having Children.

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