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BBC launches anti-claimant poverty porn ‘Hunger Games’ show

Angry campaigners have accused the BBC of jumping on the poverty porn bandwagon with a new show which has parallels with the Hunger Games. ‘Britain’s Hardest Grafter’ will pit benefits claimants, migrant workers and people on the minimum wage against each other in a competition to see who can work the hardest. One of the aims of the show is to answer the question: ‘Is the benefits system providing many with a reason not to work’.

flyer for participants for Britain's Hardest GrafterThe BBC is currently seeking participants for the programme and offering a cash prize to the winner of £15,500, equivalent to a year’s income on the minimum wage. The 25 chosen contestants must currently be getting wages or benefits totalling not more than £15,500 a year.

They will then battle against each other in a fake factory built by the BBC with licence payers money. The least productive workers will be expelled in each episode until only one is left standing.

The BBC has denied that this is exploitative entertainment designed to mock the poor and reinforce ugly stereotypes. Instead they claim that:

“The series will tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time: why is British productivity low? Is the benefits system providing many with a reason not to work or hindering their working opportunity? Is the hidden truth about immigrants simply that they work harder than Brits – and we need them as much as they need us - or are they simply prepared to work for a lower wage? And have the young simply not inherited the work ethic of older generations or have working conditions just got too hard? Who in Britain still knows how to graft? It’s time to find out.”

The claim that this is somehow a scientific examination of social issues is a jaw-droppingly cynical piece of marketing.

In reality, ‘Britain’s Hardest Grafter’ is simply an opportunity to steal ratings on the back of stirring up more prejudice against young people, ethnic minorities and anyone struggling to survive in austerity Britain.

A petition against the programme being shown has gathered 13,000 signatures on Change.org.

Meanwhile, Benefits and Work is hoping to see a cast of 25 recently unemployed MPs being chosen to do a hard day’s graft, possibly for the first time in their lives.

Comments  

+1 #9 Blackcat 2015-05-31 07:19
Hi
I am pretty certain I know the Name,Rank,and No of the person behind all this.
He cannot be named for legal reasons, but he is in 'covert' agreement with everything the government does.
Why can't Auntie bring back the big band shows like THE BILLY ]COTTON BAND SHOW,and how about JAMES PARNELL AND HIS ORCHESTRA,yes JAMES PARNELL was my favourite.Dear moderator I am referring to a band leader and nobody else.
+1 #8 Chris 2015-05-31 01:08
There is a petition on 38 Degrees to end the TV Licence and therefore the BBC.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/end-the-bbc-licence-fee

This has already reached beyond the 100,000 to trigger a UK parliament debate, and rising.

The petition says the TV Licence is thought of as a tax by government and began back in 1923.

So the poorest people have the greatest burden, just so the BBC can tax the poorest like this ... the BBC has a total income of £5,066 million of which £3,726 million comes from licence fees...

We can watch Freeview or commercial TV without a licence tax.

Demanding £145.50 per year just to portray the poor in the same way as the days of the workhouse and demonise us to starving death, means the BBC must be shut down now.

The state pension is also viewedas a benefit and is being wiped out by the merger of SERPs opt out and NI history for the 1st time in history. The BBC portrays the old as a burden on the taxpayer as well. When we have paid into that pension scheme all our working lives.
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now
#7 shimtoan 2015-05-30 12:17
IDS, Cameron, and Gideon should be put on this as contestants but unfortunately they all earn 10 times as much as the limit.

As for the format of the program, the type of work they do may be something that a small number of the population is actually qualified for.
If it's a trade then many of the unemployed in our country will not be qualified to do them. If it's shelf stacking then I'd imagine that the majority on JSA would be physically and mentally capable to do that but not those on ESA.

I'd watch the first episode before making a true judgement though
+3 #6 pusscatsmum 2015-05-30 10:28
Sick, disgusting,immo ral
+4 #5 Bill 2015-05-30 08:02
My God it beggars belief doesn't it? Talk about jumping on to a bandwagon that is currently in fashion, i.e. bashing ''Benefit Scroungers'' who live on ''handouts'' like us.

Sometimes we wonder if it is all worth it, and if we didn't suffer from depression before the Tories got their 5 years of freedom in Power, we certainly do now.

How different all our lives will be in 5 years time, of that there is little doubt. Even the BBC are sticking it to us, who next, The Archbishop of Canterbury?

Mrs Bill & Bill
+3 #4 Drizzle 2015-05-29 19:37
I'm really disgusted with the BBC!

Please everyone sign the petition against this vile programme, and share it with your friends and family.
+2 #3 Gawayn 2015-05-29 15:21
That the BBC is now doing this sort of stuff is unbelievable. But unfortunately they are merely following the long-standing demonisation of the poor, sick and disabled that's been going on in the press for decades.
+4 #2 Paul Richards 2015-05-29 14:52
Hi all,
Is'nt this a disgraceful idea, not to mention the scandellous use of TV licence-payers money. Perhaps the BBC thinks that this may save their sorry necks from the imminent Tory attacks upon their organisation!
I wonder who the director and producer is going to be - Esther McVey perhaps and the deciding referee could be IDS! (or as my wife calls him 'IBS') :o
+3 #1 buster 2015-05-29 11:49
If I'd heard about this from a friend - I'd have probably thought they were joking.

The TV licence which we have in my family will not be renewed if this "entertainment" is aired.

It's times like this when groups and "charitable" organisations set up to supposedly fight for and represent vulnerable groups of people should be HEARD.

Buster

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