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Denying kids meals will be BoJo’s legacy, but the solution for feeding the poor is community based – and that means proper funding

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I’m sure Britain’s government had hoped that the ongoing debate about free meals for children, following a high-profile campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford, would have burned itself out by now.

Minister after minister and MP after MP have ventured out in front of the national media and attempted to defend what really is indefensible, which amounts to the poorest children in England being denied meals in their half-term holiday after the government ruled out extending free meals beyond term time. But still Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuses to budge.

The Conservative party walked into a very obvious trap from Labour, who tabled a vote on the matter knowing that the Tories would reject the idea, effectively sending a message out to the country that they still are the nasty party.

As former Conservative PM Margaret Thatcher discovered, direct attacks on youngsters don’t go down well. As education secretary in the Seventies, she denied daily nutrition to youngsters in the form of a small bottle of milk for 7 to 11-year-olds in primary and junior schools, and was forever known as cruel, with ‘Maggie Thatcher, milk snatcher’ sung in playgrounds across the country. It was a decision she later admitted she regretted. The removal of a small bottle of milk painted the Iron Lady as uncaring among the media and in public opinion.

Despite government rhetoric since the beginning of the welfare state in........

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