Two grotesque reports from today's Guardian newspaper:
Charles Dickens identified as author of mystery article
An article championing the rights of the working classes, published in one of the journals edited by Dickens for more than 20 years, has been attributed to the author himself.
"Who has not been outraged by observing that cheerfully patronising mode of dealing with poor people which is in vogue at our soup-kitchens and other depôts of alms?,"
runs the article, which was published anonymously on 18 April 1863 in the weekly magazine All the Year Round, under Charles Dickens's editorship.
"There is a particular manner of looking at the soup through a gold double eye-glass, or of tasting it, and saying, 'Monstrous good – monstrous good indeed; why, I should like to dine off it myself!' which is more than flesh and blood can bear."
Monday 25 June 2012 15.14 BST; read the full article here.
|Jews - Spitalfields - London|
Demand for food parcels explodes as welfare cuts and falling pay hit home
Early-warning indicator should set alarm bells ringing about poverty levels, government told.
FareShare, a charity that supplies millions of free meals to charities, food banks and breakfast clubs using food donated by supermarkets, said it could not keep pace with demand, which it expected to continue growing for at least five years.
|Washington DC - Soup Kitchen - 1936|