The point about the weather: postponing the 'heat or eat' dilemma
Here in the UK we are experiencing unusually warm weather for the time of year. As a pedestrian I listen to and occasionally watch quite a few weather forecasts. And yet in all the banter that generally precedes and follows the meteorologists' ritual sharing of wisdom, not once have I heard mention of what seems to me to be the most important point about this warm spell...
So let me make it here: it means that many people in poverty will be able to eat, perhaps properly, for a while longer, since they will be spending less than usual for the time of year on heating.
We are living through a time of unambiguously policy-inflicted poverty. Many people newly in this situation would never have anticipated that such a plight could afflict them.
Poverty is hard enough without also knowing that much of it would be avoidable but for the perverse and unashamed malice of a bunch of ideologically-infected power-mongers. It would be reassuring to think the weather would be forever against them; and other forces too.