Death and disease; poverty and indifference -- serious stuff. More importantly, what the hell does "mingy" mean?
"Minge", as we all know, is a vulgar term for the female genitalia. Is that what the author of this article is saying of us? In a national newspaper? Surely not. Going by the context, it seems to mean "stingy", a word with which it rhymes, but it takes more than assonance to imply synonymy.
And then it becomes clear -- it's not "minge-y", but "Ming-y", the implication clearly being that we're Merciless towards the less fortunate. Duly chastened, I begin to read through the rest of the article before remembering that I don't actually care.
Ooh -- bunnies!