"Why don't we have celebrities singing "Let them know it's Christmas time" to raise money for the 3 million or so children in this country living below the poverty line? Why is there no Bono or Bob Geldof marshalling the campaign to end child poverty? Why can't campaign groups rouse sufficient outrage to get the public marching on the streets, galvanising the same energy that fuelled the Jubilee 2000 campaign to cancel developing world debt?
"Searching for an answer to why there isn't much popular concern over UK poverty, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), in a report published last week, places much of the blame on the media, saying there is little appetite to address themes of poverty. In newspapers, the subject is "worthy, not newsworthy", and journalists found it was often "difficult to give poverty a focus, since it is ongoing and amorphous rather than a specific 'event'"."