The thread about PMQs got me thinking about one of the topics that was ""discussed" - food banks. I found this rather excellent article: Food banks: is Cameron on the money? | The FactCheck Blog
What interests me is not so much whether Cameron or Milliband were right or wrong, but rather the scale of the need for such a service. At first I was simply shocked. Then I realised that, actually, accessing benefit payments is so bound with bureaucracy that people could indeed starve to death while the petits fonctionnaires shuffle paper around.
The people who run the food banks have realised this, and their website emphasises that the food is merely an emergency service. They also provide help with getting proper benefit payments from the state. This is the other side of the coin from benefit scroungers. The food banks help people who are genuinely deserving, but whom the welfare state has failed.