The sense of righteousness here is simply nauseating.
Simply put, middle class Mummy has two year old with coeliac disease type thingie. And she\’s outraged, outraged I tell you, that she will no longer be getting gluten free foods on prescription. The PCT has decided to spend the money on other things.
And as it turns out in the comments, even that\’s not quite right. Gluten free basics will still be available on prescription. It\’s the treats, the sweeties, that no longer will be.
At which point there\’s three things that can be said.
The first is that in recent years there\’s been an explosion in the availability of gluten free foods. Here\’s the Tesco list. It\’s not immediately apparent that such foods need to be on prescription any more even if they arguably once did need to be. (If Pootergeek is around we\’ll let him comment on that.)
The second is that this massive increase in availability comes from, in part, one of the readers of this blog (Hello there Cleanthes!) and his wife. In fact, they\’ll even offer you £1 off a loaf of gluten free bread and, nice guy that I am, I pointed out this coupon to the author of the piece.
Thirdly and finally, jeebus, grow the fuck up woman. Looking at the Tesco prices the diference between normal bread and gluten free appears to be, for something wholemeal stylee, full of crunchy goodness, about 50 p a loaf. For a two year old, perhaps one loaf a week? You\’re seriously taking to the newspapers about how oppressed you are that you might have to do a whole \’nother 5 minutes of minimum wage work to feed yer ickle darlin\’?
I\’m all for there being a safety net, even for the existence of a welfare state. But don\’t you think that perhaps, just somewhere in the dim recesses of your soul, you might just be overdoing the indignation at what it doesn\’t provide you with?