THIS week’s Sunday Times magazine’s main feature related to food banks, their users and the increasing hardships through falling donations and increased demand. Yet the same publication had adverts for a beach towel at £220 and a handbag at £63,000 – yes, £63,000!!

I bet a few food bank users would like that kind of dosh, if for no other reason than to enjoy a meal that didn’t come from a tin. Another advert for a nylon raincoat had the discerning message “Price on application”. As my dear old mum would have said, “If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it”.

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Our Westminster government and their Scottish branch offices believe that our country is being divided by people who wish to hold an independence referendum. I would suggest that the country is divided into those who have too much and those who have too little.

The normalisation of food banks and their necessity, in a country boasting numerous billionaires who could at the stroke of a pen help solve this issue, is a national disgrace. I recall reading a quote from a Tory MP who said: “Food banks are not unique to the UK, there is one close to my holiday home in Spain”. I rest my case.

Kate Armstrong