The BBC is colluding in the government’s attack on benefit claimants

The cruellest thing about the benefits cap is not that it could make thousands of people homeless or force more families to depend on food banks . It’s that it’s not really about people on benefits at all.

Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny, Editor, New Statesman

The BBC1 programme Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits (11 and 18 July, 9pm), echoing the rhetoric of the Department for Work and Pensions, pits “taxpayers” against “shirkers” and asks how we can “make work pay”. Of these gristly little semantic nuggets of state propaganda, “making work pay” is the most noxious – a mantra that’s incanted by every jobs-worth Tory in every debate, in line with the logic that if one repeats a lie for long enough it will function as truth. READ THE ARTICLE

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