Millionaire Tory minister Lord Freud was bashed by the Bishop (of Truro) this afternoon after attempts yesterday to suggest that charities were somehow to blame for food bank queues. As an unelected “Lord Spiritual”, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton may be a walking anachronism but this didn’t stop him from getting to grips with Freud’s outrageous claims:
“I have to say that it is a complete scandal that we have any food banks at all in this country in the 21st century. There are over 20 food banks in Cornwall alone. What on earth is happening in our country?”
He then laid into the minister’s “supply led” food bank theory — that people without genuine need were flocking to new food banks to stock up on free spaghetti hoops:
“Certainly the anecdotal experience that I have and the stories that I hear make it clear that there are some real benefit issues, which is why many people are driven to go—they do not choose to go; they have to go—to food banks.”
Conveniently enough, the government is claiming there isn’t enough evidence for the link between benefits delays and increasing use of food banks.
It doesn’t look very interested in finding out either.