Well, if there is one area that should be blamed for present situation then it’s the media. I agree a bit of optimism is no bad thing instead of the daily diet of gloom and doom. The Express forgets that under the wonderful Torys we had three million unemployed, 12% interest rates and the distruction of manufacturing for service industries.
A few years ago I read in the Mail a story about how drinking hot beverages like tea or coffee increases your chance of heart disease. So I really hope that this article describes in depth the statistics behind the research, the relative benefits and risks to drinking more tea. Fat chance though!
That’s a very oxymoron question the Express is asking. What planet are they on? Obviously the planet of bigotry, hatred and Labour-hunting.
There is a cheaper way than the DE’s £1 a day diet to losing weight, not eating anything at all. I’d have thought that story would’ve been more plausible to the Express, considering how simplistic their journalist’s and reader’s minds are.
But maybe I’ll try the tea thing out. I’ll do it with teabags and a mug I’d buy with money I’d have otherwise spent on a very shitty ‘newspaper’.
5 million on the sick is due to Labour? Most of the 5 Million (Which is actually 2.7 Million) went on the sick after industry and manufacturing was lost and closed in the 80’s/90’s.
It allowed the Tories as far as I know to massage the figures or as we now call it spin. As for incapcity benefit, I knew of some who fucked the system for every penny they could get, but after they had been fucked over many felt it was only right…but anyhow it was wrong.
However their are alot of people on incapcity who suffer from mental illness, and people think…oh well what’s wrong with them, but I’ve witnessed first hand mental illness and it’s horrible to see in your own family.
I’d firstly get your facts right before you flippantly comment about people on incapcity benefit, and secondary on how many actually are on incapcity benefit.
Nice splashes Sarah, just be careful you’re not headhunted. I’d love to see so photoshop jobs with those selections.
Simple terrible subheader, the Northern Rock bit looks like they just shunted it on the end to really pile it on. And if you’re going to put a full stop in the middle of your subheader, it’s surely got to have another one on the end. Otherwise people will never know when your statement is going to
This from the paper that had near daily headlines about ‘house price recovery’ and ‘new house price rises’ right when it was clear to everybody that the market was collapsing, and that their hyping of the market (alongside everyone else, as despite what they believe, the Express’ views are relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of things) that caused the crash in the first place.
What’s also morally reprehensible is that now they are doing the opposite and talking down a recovery, when everybody knows that this is simply a crisis of confidence in financial institutions and consumers that’s causing this, nothing more, yet they crucify anybody that comes out with a statement that may give people the confidence to spend, so in a way contributed to the over-confidence that created the bubble that popped, and now are contributing to the under-confidence that’s preventing a recovery!
Utterly fucking astonishing. And they have the gall to blame it on the government?
Also – What planet are they living on? could be an apt description of the Express seeing as they have seemingly not had the amazingly historic event of the first ever black president of the world’s most powerful and influential country elected on their planet, or so you’d think from the utterly non-existent coverage.
‘They got the piss taken out of them for their car advert on the front of their paper. I hope they don’t close down. I’ll miss taking the piss out of them.’
Sarah – I would absolutely love it simply to see their final headline. Knowing there was no consequences left to what they print, it’d be like the final rant of the insane condemned man being dragged to the gallows as whatever checks and balances they have left would vanish.
‘Gordon Brown Killed Diana’ would be my personal bet…
I’m with Matt here: regardless of what Labour has or hasn’t done, there’s significant empirical evidence that much of what we have in entrenched benefit dependency is a direct product of the economic policy of previous Tory administrations (particularly the one starting c1979).
I don’t know, actually, about all this “Express is pessimistic” stuff – remember that long run of very happy headlines from a few weeks back? This is just the other side of the coin. Anyway, they’ve probably cut back on the “coherent editorial line” section of the staff.
Can’t really add more to what Kate & Mat have said. Other than this: If the govenment are so unconcerned about benefit fraud, how come they spend millions on targeting dodgy claimants as the TV and poster campains seem to suggest.
Just like to point out one seriously fucking hypocritical thing the Express has done.
Today’s Sunday Express has a front page talking up house price recovery, and even uses the phrase ‘green shoots’ that they crucified a government minister for recently, and attack the government for not forcing banks to lend more to help it out.
Government and BBC. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. The Mail and Express will condemn you one week for something then support it the next, but condemn you then for not supporting it.