Benefits, babies and Jail, 5*, 4pm
This afternoon Five Star are showing a programme called ‘ Benefits, babies and jail’ in their now dedicated to welfare propaganda 4pm slot. Apparently this is episode three of six, but I like most other people don’t watch Channel 5, let alone it’s spin off channels, so I was unaware they had this abundance of welfare propaganda programming.
I mean, sure the main channel has ‘Skint’ and ‘ On Benefits And Proud’ but this seems to be a hidden attempt at hiding away propaganda on an obscure channel on a daily basis. Of course, like Channel 5, Five Star is owned by Viacom and set up by the Government so any such things shouldn’t come as a shock. Upon reading the synopsis it actually sounds like it is on the peoples side but it won’t be.
The title alone, linking benefit claimants and their children to jail is already a misjudged stereotype and this is Channel 5 after all. It’s continuing the week long narrative of ‘ child benefit cuts will be justified’ despite Birmingham Mail reporting today that 900,000 families in the West Midlands alone will be pushed into poverty by the cuts. Instead of watching this show JSUK recommends staring out of the window and looking up at the sky wondering why we got into this state and organizing a local anti cuts protest.
For comparison of the point I’m trying to make, imagine if say, BBC TWO ran these shows every afternoon, it would be very obvious that it was all propaganda and complaints would follow. This seems to be more of an attempt to catch ‘ channel flickers’ and brainwash them than being out there for all to see.
Three afternoons in a row Channel 5* have shown shows about large families living on benefits. As we know these are the rarest of the rare and as usual the media is using the minuscule minority to justify the upcoming cuts. This got me thinking- are cuts to child benefit going to be announced on July 8th despite a government official claiming they wouldn’t be cut until 2020? Of course nothing is certain until the day of the ’emergency budget’ but if past experiences with propaganda on the TV are to go by, cuts usually follow.
Leaked DWP memos show DWP execs have been looking into the impact of cutting child benefit for the first child and limiting it to two children only. So the cuts will happen, it’s just a matter of when.
5* also wins the JSUK twatbag channel of the week award. For obvious reasons.
Five star, see the star is also an Illuminati symbol,
but that’s just conspiracy of course…