So did you see it? the BBCs new “documentary” Nick And Margaret : We Pay All Your Benefits. Just reading the title I think we can all see where this program was heading, and it didn’t fail to deliver. Right from the start we were subjected to language the average Daily Mail reader will be only too familiar with, terms like “striver” “scrounger”
This was never meant to be an honest unbiased look at the whole benefit system. No this program had one aim and one aim only. That was to push the whole right-wing callous capitalist agenda of demonizing the poor and needy. The program stunk of propaganda, from the snide comments the totally “neutral” hosts were making, to the stagnant anti welfare soundbites the so-called “strivers” regurgitated on cue. It could have been written by Ian Duncan Smith himself it was so patronising and dismissive of the people involved.
So why this time is it personal?
Because one of the participants is a long time friend of mine. Luther the single dad.
I first want to say, well done bro, you did a great job, you came across as the likeable caring chap we all know you are. This despite the editing they did to push their agenda and the serious lack of detail into your predicament. But of course they don’t want to go into too much detail because that will show the world what a down to earth solid geezer you really are. No they want caricatures of benefit claimants ones that fit into their nasty little pigeon holes they have for us all. They wanted to dehumanize him. Well I’m sorry to say that despite their best attempts they failed.
So why did he do the show, I mean we all knew they would try to paint him in a bad light, after all that is the job of propaganda, to blur the truth and point the viewers towards one conclusion. He knew this perfectly well when he entered into this program but did it because he wanted to do his best to show the world that benefit claimants are human too and to show the audience the inhuman cruelty that some of these cuts can cause. So he used this chance to highlight all the problems with this governments welfare strategy. He spoke about the bedroom tax and the benefit cap, the council tax benefit removal, the sterile anti person ATOS interviews and the DWPs twisting of statistics.
unfortunately that would not of served the BBCs political masters for them to show any of that, so instead they cut and edited almost everything he had to say unless it fit with their opinions.
Then they added those patronising comments the hosts made about the people in their car. But at least he tried hey, at least he took that opportunity and tried to make his voice heard. The end result though was already a foregone conclusion and that pisses me off.
Things like “he doesn’t contribute to society” BULLSHIT! There are many more ways of contributing to society than just being a wage slave. This is the man who at 16 yrs old took on full care of his new baby boy after its mother just did a runner. Now I’m sure like all 16 yr olds he would rather have been out their partying but no, he manned up and took responsibility. He as also helped many many other people who have suffered for one reason or another from giving a bed to sleep for people who were homeless to feeding others kids when they struggled to find the money.
The man has basically put other people’s problems before his own because that’s the kind of guy he is. Now isn’t that contributing to society? You see society isn’t just columns of figures or records or taxes. It is people real people who look out for each other in order to make a nice loving and safe community.
This is something that the benefit claimants excels at. Helping each other out, building strong community safety nets between themselves. Afterall they have all been there at one point or another so they are the ones who stand up and without thought for themselves give what little they have to help others.
This is something even the Christian Jesus would have approved. I believe he told some parable about the rich man and the poor man and the meek. Ironic then that most of the gov ministers identify with this guys teachings. Shame they don’t follow them.
So fuck their claims of not contributing to society. WE ARE SOCIETY.
Other points that they failed to mention in their puerile hate crusade of a program. The guys disability. I think they mentioned he had a lung problem. What about the hip replacements he had to have while still in his 30s? The constant hospitalizations, the ages spent on crutches. All this while bringing up 4 lovely children.
You all saw his kids right? Didn’t they look the nicest happiest loving kids you ever seen? You telling me these parents who spend their entire lives working get to produce such lovely children? Because I am sure that children need a parent around them to teach them and give them the love they deserve. It seemed according to this program that this is no longer the accepted way of child care. No now the government want you to have less of a connection to your kids, they want you out working at all hours. They want you to leave your children to be brought up by carers or nurseries. They are basically trying to break the bonds of parenthood and replace the parent with the state in the childs eyes. …… ” Dont trust your parents children they are only human so will fail, trust us instead we know whats best for you, we will teach you how to become an uncaring consumer just like us” This is brainwashing FFS Is this what we want to see the future of our society becoming? No parental responsibility just a mindless adoration of authority.
It’s not just Luthers portrayal that annoyed me though, the whole tone of the show just oozed stereotypes: Look at that poor woman. Anyone want to bet she was chosen just because she is a bit overweight? Then they can show all benefit claimants as greedy guzzlers that get paid far too much or they wouldn’t be fat. Then there was the usual flat screen TV bullcrap and the smoking and drinking. They were even picking on the family pets ffs.
If these fuckwits had their way a person on benefits would look like an Auschwitz victim. Would live in a one room shack with no TV, phone, computer or probably even electricity at all. They would all only get to eat processed food (did you hear that woman? “why they having two hot meals a day?” You what? so now feeding your kids well is a crime too?) Wear only rags. Spend ALL of their time looks at the same six jobs in the job centre and presumably applying for these 6 every day over and over again. Then of course they would have to be sterilized so they don’t have any kids. Finally they would have to duck out of sight anytime a “real” person walked past because after all who wants to have to look at poor people all day 😛
Sounds horrific or over the top? I guarantee if we don’t rise up on mass soon and do something about this, it will become reality, and its programs like this that will bring it about.