TIGHTWAD chancellor Rishi Sunak aka. Ebeneezer Scrooge, continues to resist the increasing pressure on him to give extra financial relief to millions of struggling Britons.

With inflation rising to 9%, the highest since 1982, the poor are being hit hardest by tax increases.

Instead of Poor Houses, we have food banks and they are the last resort for more and more families across Britain.

READ MORE: Rishi Sunak claims computer systems won't let Tory government raise benefits 

The situation has become so dire, the police have been advised to “use discretion” if people steal to eat!

In 1854 Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times: For These Times. His political novel would be just as applicable to 21st-century Dickensian Britain.

Sandy Gordon