There is an irony about the Foodbank associating itself with Nelson Mandela.

Mandela was, by all accounts, a lovely man.

But virtually everyone who knew him well agree that he was lazy and a poor administrator, with a poor grasp of detail.

Certainly he was instrumental in developing a political party and government which has turned out to be corrupt and incompetent.

Foodbanks are run by equally lovely people but, I suggest, abused by a large percentage of their users.

Our current society is becoming addicted to handouts; a section of the population will demand every ‘freebie’ that is on offer, while smoking, buying smartphones, renewing their satellite TV subs, and so on.

My point is that well-meaning individuals can be deceived by others with less scrupulous motives, and the rest of us, while admiring the charity and its generosity, should realise that.

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This letter was first published in the Isle of Man Examiner on July 18.

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