Yeah we realise this, Anon, it’s exactly what makes me personally so angry. The completely inaccurate portrayal of how most people live on benefits. These programmes show people with MS (and endless other people) in such a poor light, and it’s what the majority of people who watch it take for gospel fact. It’s the reason why if a stranger of a certain mindset talked to me, and found out I didn’t work because I have MS, and could see that while I don’t walk normally, I can walk, and I can hold an intelligent conversation, they’re highly likely to make the immediate assumption that I’m a benefits fraud.
Geoff, I’ll swap your 15k for the 7.9k that I get! I pay 78p for a loaf of wholemeal Hovis. I was thrilled to bits when Tesco dropped the price of that, so I could get a decent loaf for less than a pound. Though as I worked in a food factory for 20 years, I know from personal experience that it’s the people who work for the suppliers that suffer financially from these supermarket price wars, the minimum wage workers on the shop floor. The supermarkets have the suppliers by the short and curlies these days. They say things like, “we’ll pay you x amount per loaf for this bread, and if you don’t like it we’ll take our business elsewhere”. The suppliers potentially end up making no money at all.
Also Geoff, the spellcheck doesn’t seem to approve of me speaking to you so informally, and is trying to insist that I call you Geoffrey xD