The head of Number 10’s Policy Unit — Boris’ brother Jo Johnson — has tweeted a link to an article on food banks before mysteriously deleting the message. The Guardian piece referred to the tripling of food bank use in the last year, an acutely embarrassing statistic for the government.
The message is still available on the website Politiwoops, which archives tweets deleted by MPs.
This sudden — if short lived — outbreak of reality in the Cabinet Office is certainly a departure from the government’s fingers-in-ears “la la la” approach.
Millionaire Tory minister Lord Freud even tried to blame food bank use on charities.
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) October 16, 2013