How many of us were suckered into watching the big benefits row last night? I was!
Yes I knew that Hopkins woman would just be rude and insulting because that what they pay her for, and Currie was never going to be rational or say something useful (and in fact the whistling of her dentures was more distracting than the drivel coming out of her mouth)
Despite the rent-a-mouth members of the panel I did hope to hear some sensible words from Mr Livingstone and was looking forward to hearing from Jack Monroe a woman I have a lot of time for. I was even prepared to listen to people from the other side of the argument – people who believe benefits should be stopped or cut back further. If you can give a reasoned argument and listen with respect to those people around you and engage in civilised discussion then I will give your opinion the opportunity to be heard. Although I won’t agree with you !
Sadly however none of that happened, Hopkins repeated herself to gain attention and Currie used every dirty trick in the book to unsettle everyone else on the panel so she could sit back with that righteous look on her face because she was the only one who was calm. In an hour long programme nothing much was said, no serious point was raised, and no-one was given the opportunity to express themselves without the shouting, bullying and sniping from other people in the room.
Now I don’t watch much TV and I have no idea who the presenter was, I assume he does a similar thing on channel 5 at other times – personally I shall make no attempt to find out. Whoever he was, he’s not very good at the job. He should have made more effort to hush the crowd and the panel and given others a chance to speak. But I guess that wouldn’t make the twitter world ring with their hashtag or cause the ratings boost they needed to justify the advertising bill.
Nothing has changed and no one learned anything. The benefits system is still a huge puzzle! We don’t have the picture on the box lid and the powers that be have hidden a handful of the pieces just to make it harder to put together.
You see they don’t really want us to understand how it works – if we do that, we’ll understand how bent and broken the system is – and not by the people who use it – the poor and disenfranchised, but the civil servants who abuse it for their own ends and the politicians who use it as the stick to beat the working classes with…….. Then we won’t put them back into power.
They will loose they comfy lifestyle and cushy pension. They will be forced to pay their own travel to work costs (like the rest of us do) they won’t have someone to sub them the money for a second home, and the big industry bods currently lining their nest eggs and sending them on foreign holidays will stop and they might just have to live a normal life – like the people they abuse and denigrate every day.
Goodness…we can’t have them down here with us poor folks can we…. best we work til we drop down dead…without hope of rest or support….holding up their privileged lifestyle and massage their ego’s. Abandon our sick and broken to the gutter or the poor house whilst we tug our forelock and bow as they pass us by in their glittering carriages.
Revolution anyone? I’ve got an old fence panel we can start a barricade with!
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