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Media Finally Picking Up On My 'return To Victorian Society' Thesis

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As you know, I've been banging on about this for the past couple of years. Now the Guardian seems to agree with me:

http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2129588,00.html

What the new Victorians do for us

With Britain's super-rich dripping charity, it's almost like the 19th century

The rapid rise of Britain's super-rich has led to a surge of giving. Their sympathisers, including major charities, see it as enormously positive that these men are using their cash for worthy causes. But critics see it as a cynical attempt to buy off criticism in an increasingly polarised society. And, worse, some are concerned that philanthropy encourages governments to move away from social provision and leave it to the third sector, and eventually to control by large, unaccountable and potentially exploitable private corporations.

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There was a feature on this morning's Today programme about private landlords letting out houses to immigrants with four people per room.

One Eastern European couple were paying £60 per week each to stay in one of these houses. When they had a baby they were charged another £60 per week as it counted as a third person! :angry:

Councils really need to crack down on this.

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As you know, I've been banging on about this for the past couple of years. Now the Guardian seems to agree with me:

http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2129588,00.html

Gosh, Clitoris, how right you were. He even goes on to describe east end slums haunted by 'ripper' serial killers, gas light replacing elecricity, smogs, child prositution and the re-establishment of a global british empire by force of arms.

How prescient you were.

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There was a feature on this morning's Today programme about private landlords letting out houses to immigrants with four people per room.

One Eastern European couple were paying £60 per week each to stay in one of these houses. When they had a baby they were charged another £60 per week as it counted as a third person! :angry:

Councils really need to crack down on this.

Don't really believe the figures. open the paper / look on gumtree and you can get double rooms for 2 people £80/90 bills included. With children they'd probably pay an extra tenner a week.

The example given the wife would be staying at home looking after the baby and the husband would need 180 a week take home just to cover living expenses which is highly unrealistic

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As you know, I've been banging on about this for the past couple of years. Now the Guardian seems to agree with me:

http://business.guardian.co.uk/story/0,,2129588,00.html

At least through philanthropy one can choose give money to those that know how to spend it the best, i.e. charities. The Government has proven time and time again that they spend our money incompetently - think the 2012 Olympics, all PFI schemes, the Dome, the NHS computer system, etc etc. Billions of pounds of waste.

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