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Debunking the profligacy of the poor

Paul Vallely

by Paul Vallely

Posted: 21 Nov 2014 @ 12:15

Booze and fags are not at the top of every shopping list, Paul Vallely reports

NEWS of a dubious accolade arrived from my birthplace, Middlesbrough, this week.  hannel 4's controversial Benefits Street has been scouting the town's most depressed housing estates, and has finally lighted upon a street just across the river in Stockton to film a second series of its poverty porn.

How depressing. A public-service broadcaster ought to be challenging rather than reinforcing politicians' attempts to divide the nation into strivers and skivers. The idea that ...

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