- Under Cameron, the suicide rate of out of work disabled people doubled
- Infant mortality rose and life expectancy stagnated for the first time in a century
- Wages plummeted
I mention these things because they happen more often to the kind of people we see every week. Abandoned by the government and left to their fate, we are, on occasion, all that’s left.
We were quiet today. We’re pretty sure that’s down to the government emergency payments hitting bank accounts which have kept the wolf from the door for a few more days. In other words, it’s a blip and we fully expect to be back to “normal” in the coming weeks.
Today was my 50th day as a food bank volunteer and I was talking with a fellow volunteer why we do what we do. And really it is very simple: we just want to volunteer in a food bank. We like helping people and we like meeting people. We don’t do it to impress people, or God for that matter, or for any reward because that’s not what volunteering means. I’m pretty sure that for all of us, our weekly stints are permanently on the calendars and we try, wherever possible, to schedule other stuff around it. I don’t see any of the current crew stopping anytime soon because they are passionate about what they do.
David Cameron said he returned to government because he “believes in public service“. Of course he does and for £250,000 per annum he fucking well should. I believe in public service too, as do numerous people up and down the country who don’t expect any remuneration whatsoever for what is often arduous work. Giving it everything for nothing is what we do. And I’ll keep doing it until physically and mentally I can’t do it anymore.