Tonight I listened to one of the most heart breaking pieces of audio I have ever heard.. This isn’t a social commentary on a propaganda show, it isn’t Benefits Street, or Life on the Dole or Skint or any of the multitude of programmes sanctioned no doubt by the government. Programmes designed to catch the eye of those with no experience of the reality of being poor and on benefits in the UK today.
No, this is the raw, painful, unvarnished truth. The reality of Mike’s life and thousands more like him is one of hunger, isolation and fear. Fear of a state that has become almost Stasi-like in it’s zeal to punish the transgressions of the most vulnerable in our society.
For the majority who are blessed to have no concept of the sheer struggle just living is for the now not so few this short clip should be compulsory listening.
It just might wash away some of the blinkers that so many have grown since the war on the poor began.