Robert Hampton

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4th February 2014

Friends with benefits
Posted by at 9.54pm | In the News | No responses

I was out with friends last night, so was fortunate enough to miss Channel 5’s contribution to the benefits “debate”. Given that the show featured Katie Hopkins prominently, and was actually called The Big Benefits Row, I can’t imagine that the conversation was very constructive.

24 hours later, I almost feel like I’ve watched it by proxy, thanks to the amount of online comment. Fleet Street Fox‘s backstage gossip is well worth a read, but it’s this angry, passionate blog from Jack Monroe that really hits home.

As with so many issues, I’d love for there to be a grown-up debate on the topic. Sadly, we’re not going to get it, especially as it suits the current Government to demonise benefits recipients as scroungers.