welfare - choose carefully at election time

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How is it possible that the Welfare State of today can let its people starve to a degree that food boxes have to be collected to ward off their hunger?

Rather late I read in the Guardian of June 19: “The number of British households falling below living standards has more than doubled in the past 30 years, despite the size of the economy increasing twofold, a study of poverty and deprivation in the UK claims today.”

It takes me back to my youth in Sweden during the 1930s. I remember my mother often did without a meal through lack of money. The cause of poverty was partly the ecomonic slump from America, but also the overwhelming rule of the rich few.

Thanks to a rare visionary prime minister, Per Albin Hansson, with his coalition of Social Democrats and the Farming Party, Sweden recovered into the splendid welfare state it is today.

Let us choose and think carefully at the next election of our leadership.

Evy Westbrook

Lewes