The UK government voted against giving children free school lunches during the holidays. A huge majority of the government voted against giving a weekly food voucher. The value of the voucher was just $20 per child. The government is now under pressure to make a U-turn. In the summer, the Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford campaigned to get the government to provide school lunches for poorer children during the coronavirus pandemic. The government made a U-turn then. Mr Rashford has started another campaign for another U-turn.
The British public is angry that politicians voted against giving the food vouchers. Many children will not get a proper meal during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said he "totally understands" the issue of hunger. Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand because he comes from a rich family and has always had money. People are angry COVID-19 consultants in the UK are paid over $8,000 a day, but children cannot get a $20 lunch voucher. Many stores across the UK are banning politicians from their businesses.