Debunking the profligacy of the poor
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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