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Content about Poverty

October 21, 2008

Last night's Channel 4 Dispatches "documentary" was a classic example of a multi-purpose psychological operation, designed to minimise any urges we may have towards activism, while at the same time softening us up to yet more social profiling and the idea of energy austerity.

The programme began by dropping in everyone's new favourite euphemism, "fuel poverty." Now, according to my next door neighbour (no, really!), "fuel poverty" can be defined as either:

The state of having to spend more than 10% of disposable income to keep your fleet of private jets running. Cost-cutting measures on imported Cuban cigars and vintage Cognac may be necessary.

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