Friday 30 July 2010 2.20am
You are both right, there is poverty in the Uk, but not as obvious as in SA or other developing countries. Frankly, in comparison, is as if you have to look for poverty in the UK, unlike in SA, is all over the place, every where you look, you see abject poverty.
In the UK, poor people live on the street and they can't afford to eat, because they "chose" to be like that, if there is ever anything like choosing to be poor. Otherwise, an homeless person can be temporary accommodated in a hostel, B&Bs,even hotels, while waiting for re-housing from the govt, and they get "enough" benefit to feed and live, not survive, but actually live. Not seeking help or rejecting help as a "poor UK citizen" is not a poverty.
And yes,I know,there are few exceptions,in comparison.
The poor people of SA and other developing countries, have none of that, they don't know where there next meal is coming from, but they are certain that if they fell seriously sick, they will die without medical treatment, because they don't have NHS, and of course, they cannot afford medical treatment. So,a child would watch his parent died of a curable illness and parents would watch their children die of a curable disease, simply because they can't afford medical treatment. That will not happen to a UK homeless/poor person.
Which makes me wonder, in caparison, whether their govt know where their priority lies.
UK govt can afford to "invest" in Olympics and world cup,e.t.c, but in SA and other developing countries, their govt just cannot afford to "invest" that much money in uncertainty, when his people are practically dying by the minutes!
Yeah, maybe they will make some profit from the world cup and Olympic, but before that money is materialized, how many children would have died of hunger, how many families would have died of curable disease? and THAT my friends, would not happen in the UK.