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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Pensioner inequality and home owner TV

By Dude Swheatie of Kwug

While flicking through the TV channels this morning, I noticed that Andrew Marr seemed to have an item about Chancellor George Osborne's introduction of 'Pensioner Bonds'. (That item starts around the 40:00 mark of the BBC iPlayer showing.

Clearly that was for a voting audience in a different league from that of 66 year old Malcolm Burge who committed suicide after being hounded over £800 housing benefit debt by Newham Council.

The appalling death of a man caught up in benefits nightmare

Malcolm Burge’s picture in his Order of Service
Friday 06 February 2015
Malcolm Burge, 66, faced a bill of £800 because of a payments mix-up by Newham Council. With a bank balance of only £50, he took the only way out he could see....

I also noted, with considerable irony, that Mr Burge committed suicide after journeying from London to the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, while one of he other 'public service broadcasting' programmes that I flicked through was in the home owner TV series known as 'Escape to the Country'.

When will 'public service broadcasting' be genuinely informative rather than what for a large many of us is a delusional form of escapism that perpetuates blaşe blinkers with less than three months to the UK's next General Election?

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