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The Coronavirus Thread

Discussion in 'Serious' started by d_stilgar, 13 Mar 2020.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Y'know how, eventually, Our Glorious Leaders agreed to feed kids who would normally get free school meals? Here's what they get:



    Now when the programme ran the first time, families got a £30 supermarket voucher for two school weeks - ten meals. Now, they get this - which works out to £5.22 at retail pricing, but Our Glorious Leaders are still forking over £30 for it. It's just that £30 now goes to a private company, which presumably pockets the £25 (more, at wholesale) profit per pupil.
     
  2. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    £5.22/fortnight is also probably more than the school gets to spend on the kids school meals
     
  3. Gareth Halfacree

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    Christ, this one's even worse - half a tin of tuna thrown into a coin bag?!

     
  4. ModSquid

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    What the actual?!

    Did we suddenly become a third world country overnight? This virus is exposing some serious societal shortcomings.
     
  5. Byron C

    Byron C Over-reacting and over-analysing since 1982

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    Some Tory crony is making an absolute fortune out of this. As with the terrorist insurrection in America last week, I am simultaneously absolutely shocked and completely unsurprised.
     
  6. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    ... so you're not on board for eating white onion quarters like a hand fruit?

    I thought that was the in thing with kids today.
     
  7. Anfield

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    No no, that is totally not the case:

    In a third world country the Government would have pocketed the difference between what it costs and what they charged the taxpayer and hidden it in a slush fund at a dodgy bank in Lichtenstein.
    In a first world country the Government invited five of their mates to compete in a Battle Royale for title of biggest cheapskate and the difference between what it costs and what they charged the taxpayer will be gambled away on the stock market.

    *Disclaimer, post may contain some snark as I can't respond in a serious fashion as my blood is boiling from seeing the shite being provided to kids*
     
  8. ModSquid

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    It was the carrot that did it for me.

    And the fact that it probably took more time to cut the carrot and pepper into begging-sized portions than it would have to just throw the fkg things in a box to send out.

    There's a special place in the basement for anyone who would begrudge a child a whole vegetable.
     
  9. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    The pandemic has just exposed the society for what it's been for a long time.
     
  10. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Rotary Cat.

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    It's certainly exposed right-wing, wealthy Tories as the corrupt, self-serving c*nts that they undoubtedly are.
     
  11. Anfield

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    I'm a bit confused, Is that for a single meal/day or for x days?
     
  13. ModSquid

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    I was under the impression it's two weeks' MREs, but I could be wrong.
     
  14. Gareth Halfacree

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    The first picture I posted was ten meals, so lunch for two weeks for one child. (Eight of those ten "meals" were two slices of bread with a single cheese-adjacent-slice in the middle. No butter.)

    The second, I'm not sure. With only one tatty, though, I can't imagine that's supposed to be a ten-day spread - but there's too much(!) for one meal. Five, maybe?

    Oh, and that coin bag filled with something - it's not tuna, it's powdered tomato soup. Can't decide if that's better or worse!

    EDIT:
    Meanwhile, the laptops provided for home learning - and I know the sysop at one school who got 19 laptops to share between 650 pupils - are so slow they're advising kids to use Teams on their PlayStations and Xboxes instead. And if you don't have a games console... well, you're stuffed, I guess.

    I've got my eldest on a junker ex-corporate ThinkPad with Linux on it, and my youngest on a Surface Pro - original model. It... works, more or less.
     
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  15. ModSquid

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    MRE implies a meal and that its ready to eat, this stuff would hardly pass as a ration in Stalin's USSR.
     
  17. ModSquid

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    I've looked at the contents again and I'm struggling to see where that onion fits in.
     
  18. Anfield

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    Put onion in hand
    Move onion to mouth
    Bite onion
    Masticate
    Swallow
    Repeat

    Now if you'll excuse me I have to go and raid the pickled onions as y'all made me hungry
     
  20. Shirty

    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    Looks like the MIL has Covid.

    She's 90.
    In a care home.
    That's riddled with Covid.

    This might not end well.
     

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