Who's the Daddy: Teaching the opposition a lesson

Making sure the most vulnerable children in the country are fed all through the winter during a pandemic should, on the face of it, be an easy win for the government of the day.

Saturday, 31st October 2020, 3:45 pm
Who's the Daddy

In footballing terms it’s a cross to the far post that an unmarked young striker taps in to an empty net from two yards out – more on him later.

God knows, this Government could do with the country on its side at the moment.

Lockdown 2 in salami slices, a £12bn test and trace system that doesn’t do what it says on the tin and the prospect of a midwinter so bleak it’ll rival the last 10 minutes of Threads.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

But no. Last week 322 MPs voted against extending the provision of free school meals until Easter, including Morecambe’s MP David Morris.

It’s all getting a bit Dickensian, isn’t it?

I’m no Tory hater, the last Labour Government was an absolute shambles as well, but Boris Johnson and his pals have picked a strange hill to die on.

Of course, Twitter’s been on fire ever since.

Even at Christmas it’s like a fight in a pub car park.

But the oddest tweets about poor kids going hungry were posted by people with helpful advice on how to make a pot of stew for four for £1.50 (not possible) along with tips on foraging for food. I’d bet the farm on the fact none of these fantasists know what it’s like to grow up or raise children in grinding poverty.

Food banks and free packed lunches for kids during school holidays are a lifeline but they don’t pay the rent, heat your flat, provide hot water, buy school uniforms, shoes or PE kit.

Anyway, back in the real world, 22-year-old Marcus Rashford MBE took time out of his busy schedule of banging in winners for Man Utd and England to show the Government exactly where they’d gone wrong, and businesses and councils up and down the country piled in to feed poor, hungry children during a global pandemic.

Not for the first time, Rashford’s played a blinder and taught the opposition a lesson.