British Prime Minister David Cameron has launched a blame game to justify his government’s economic failures while starving British students are surviving on the leftovers of their classmates’ meals.
Cameron admitted on Sunday that British economy shrank by 0.2 percent in 2012’s first quarter, which is Britain’s first double-dip recession since 1975, but he blamed the eurozone crisis for the situation.
He said the US has been able to delay its spending cuts and tax hikes because “they don’t have the eurozone on their doorstep.”
Cameron added the worst is yet to come for the debt crisis across Europe suggesting Britain’s economic woes will continue in the near future.
“I don't think we are anywhere near halfway through it because what's happening in the euro zone is a massive tension between the single currency that countries are finding very difficult to adapt to,” he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.
Cameron’s near shirking of the responsibility for the economic misery comes as a study found 57 percent of British teachers have seen hungry students at least once a week with 40 percent reporting they are seeing such students every single day.
The survey by the Prince’s Trust and the Times Educational Supplement found that a teacher has even occasionally seen “scavenger pupils” fishing for the leftovers of other pupils’ meals at school.
The shocking news comes as critics say Cameron government’s wrong policies are directly to blame for the economic mess.
Chancellor George Osborne built the theory of austerity measures on the principle that it would kick start growth but last week’s reports that Britain has hit double dip recession trashed that theory.
However, Cameron insisted on Sunday “what we mustn't do is throw away our plans for making sure public spending is properly reduced in the appropriate areas.”
This comes as, contrary to Cameron’s claim, critics say his government should have eased the pressure on hard-pressed families while injecting cash to infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost growth.
What Cameron’s government did was rather to reduce taxes for those with the highest income.