We all Pay Your Benefits, Nick and Margaret.
Outside Silent Street Job Centre: so near but so Far!
‘Nick and Margaret’ did a programme based in Ipswich last night.
It was called We all Pay Your Benefits.
The I (newspaper of choice for the unemployed, 20 pence a throw) said most of what you need to know in its preview.
“You don’t have to Marxist to feel slightly uneasy about the class politics of billeting the low-paid, tax-paying employed with the long-term unemployed with an exercise top see whether the latter really are lording it on benefits, as some would have us believe
It smacks of divide-and-rule between the deserving and undeserving poor. – especially with the current and former judges on The Apprentice, Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford, as Olympian overseers.”
We were contacted about this programme.
‘Nick’ (I think, I had no idea of who he was since I’ve never watched the Apprentice) ) phoned me.
He described what it involved: groups of the in-work talking to the out-of-the-work about what they think benefits should be.
I declined to be involved.
How right that decision was!
The whole think smacked of people telling other people how they should live their lives.
It began with the statement that this pair, Nick and Margaret, had worked all their lives.
Everyone should be like me!
It was soon worse than that, a really nosey-parker festival.
I soon flipped back to Frost on my fifty metre telly and went back to me tin of caviare and bottle of Bolly.
Apparently this was only the first episode.
We expect the BBC to commission Jeremy Clarkson for a future show.