A Fresh Look at Child Poverty

In their salad days, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown grandly declared that child poverty would be eradicated by 2020 and halved by 2010.

Since our contrived official definition of child poverty is living in a family with an income less than 60% of the national median, this is not possible in any free society.

The World Bank has defined poverty more realistically as hunger, illiteracy, unemployment, lack of shelter, and no access to medical care.

Frank Field is surely also closer to reality when he states that intergenerational welfare-dependency is the true British poverty since it is a poverty of spirit and ambition.

This is in stark contrast to Brown’s Child Poverty Bill, which tries to impose on future governments the obligation to pursue his failed and foolish “poverty reduction targets”.

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