“How Dare You Allow People To Incriminate Themselves!”

January 11, 2014 9 Comments
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Lynsey Hanley blasts the Channel 4 programme, ‘Benefits Street’:

… Channel 4 knows what it’s doing, and is quite happy to do the government’s dirty work.

But Lynsey, if the people being filmed were stupid enough to admit to crimes on camera, how is that Channel 4′s fault?

… the people living on James Turner Street lose any say they have in how they are portrayed as soon as the makers of the series enter the editing suite.

Some residents are said to feel betrayed

It’s not Channel 4’s problem that the people involved in this programme are unable to realise the consequences of their decision, is it? In fact, it seems to me that it’s the Left’s problem.

*Orders big bag of popcorn*

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9 Responses to “How Dare You Allow People To Incriminate Themselves!”

  1. ivan
    January 11, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I assume what they said, as reported in the Mail, about wanting to be paid in kind rather than money so their benefits wouldn’t be harmed, is correct. Not the sharpest knives in the draw.

    • January 12, 2014 at 5:36 am

      Indeed not!

    • January 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      “Not the sharpest knives in the draw.”

      Or even the sharpest knives in the drawer. ;)

  2. January 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Benefits street is a dramatic entertainment, not a CCTV in a police interview suite…

  3. jaded
    January 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Are people really that silly to think that the residents of this street are a one-off? Come out on patrol with me and I can take you to numerous streets exactly like this one.If you’re too busy for that then pop Jeremy Kyle on if you want your blood pressure to go through the roof.

  4. Viscount Rectum
    January 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    The first law of survival, take advantage of what is most beneficial to oneself given the circumstance one may find oneself, we are all parasites in one form or another

  5. January 12, 2014 at 12:49 am

    “”She is not simply bringing up two children, the narrator tells us, but “bringing up two children on benefits”.”"

    By the Lord Harry. What a bounder. The narrator will be telling us other vile and redundant ‘facts’ next, such as she is a female and that the children have different fathers who are no-where to be seen.

    Just how narrators – and it is them, you know, not the producers – get away with even speaking about people living off the taxpayer is a scandal. There should be a ‘Guardian’ columnist vetting everything they say, offering gentle corrections.

    (er… need I say I am being sarcastic? I guess I had better)

  6. MTG
    January 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Far too predictable to be entertaining unless a parade of unfortunate residents, destined to feel more stupid than betrayed, is amusement. Ms Hanley sums this deftly with ‘the imbalance of power from the outset determined how their lives would be shown.’

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