You must have noticed the plethora of TV programmes that take for their topic Britain’s welfare culture. I’d bet good money that welfare has overtaken cookery as our favourite TV genre. Whatever next, Welfare Wankers? I really wouldn’t put it past them…
While Channel 5 are without doubt the undisputed kings of the genre, Channel 4 and the BBC are not that far behind. It seems there is an insatiable demand for TV that lays bare the antics of the good old British working class chav.
And who amongst us has not chuckled on being invited into a Dagenham two-up two-down to watch single mum Chelsea cope with five kids while frying up a feast of Iceland fish fingers and oven chips in the kitchen from hell? All this as she attempts to avoid treading on a freshly laid pit-bull terrier turd. Hilarious.
Who amongst us has not guffawed as track-suited UKIP-voter Travis, beer-gutted and tattooed, pawns his electric fire – his only means of surviving the winter ice – in order to buy a four pack of Special Brew?
Television executives can’t seem to get enough of such antics. Throw in as many F-words and satellite dishes as possible and what you have is pure schadenfreude TV. An evening down the council estate is irresistible, especially from the comfort of our favourite armchairs.
Channel 5 and friends will tell you it’s all done in the name of social realism or some such other utterly meaningless phrase, and that they, the television company, are genuinely interested in documenting the squalid lives of ordinary folk. Others, myself included, call it for what it is: exploitation, pure and simple.
For all their delight in the misery of the benefits underclass and their seeming determination to show us the ‘warts and all’ of such people, there is however certain hallowed territory that not even Channel 5, Sky or the BBC will tread, a consistently, glaring omission from such programmes:
Strange don’t you think? After all with organisations like the BBC and Channel 4 pursuing minority quotas and positive discrimination policies with the zeal of the Spanish conquistadores, it seems rather odd that they should omit this large and growing sector of our benefits society.
When did you last see a Muslim family or a black chav starring in Channel 5’s latest hit Britain’s Thickest Bastards?
To switch on one of these programmes one might be forgiven for thinking that the UK is still an entirely white nation. Wrong. But that’s not all. Such skewing of our great nation’s racial and ethnic population breaks the ultimate Lefty taboo: It’s unrepresentative. Maybe it’s even…racist!
I mean in every other strand of television – weather, news, sport, documentary, drama - the BBC and their ilk are positively falling over themselves to fill our screens with ethnic minorities.
‘Normalisation’ is what they call it – the idea that if you bombard viewers with disproportionate numbers of ethnic minority newsreaders, weather presenters, actors, pundits etc. that ultimately we’ll all start to believe the multi-cultural ‘narratives’ propagated by the BBC and their friends in the mainstream media. That’s the plan, anyway.
Furthermore, bedazzled by these successful ethnic minority examples we’ll start to feel humbled, see the error of our ways and hopefully start to sing from the same BBC diversity hymn sheet. Maybe we’ll even turn against that evil Nigel Farage who wants us to hate all foreigners. Clever.
Are you buying it? Are you buying the ‘narrative?’ White British = welfare scroungers, ethnic minorities = successful, enterprising role models? Me neither.
As a matter of fact welfare claimants from Asian and African backgrounds claim a significant proportion of the staggering £258 billion annual welfare bill footed by the British taxpayer. Hmm. So where’s the diversity now? More to the point where’s all that Left-wing outrage?
Rather revealing that Labour MPs such as Diane Abbot seem unperturbed by such gross under representation. Were this the House of Commons or the Boardroom – well paid, positions of power and influence – the Labour party would be in full theatrical meltdown:
“TV is all about white male privilege!” True enough when it comes to Benefits Britain, but less so when it’s time for the evening news, weather or Great British Bake Off.
Undermining the indigenous folk of Britain has become tantamount to a badge of honour amongst the Islington set these days, denouncing one’s own ‘white privilege’ seemingly de rigour for those yearning for a career within the BBC and Channel 4.
Just don’t expect the welfare genre to run out of steam anytime soon. It’s got legs this one, big, white, flaky, varicose-veined ones.
Fine. I’d just like the people who make these programmes to be a little more honest with their viewers. These programmes are actually not about Britain – at least not the Britain ‘celebrated’ and championed by large swathes of the mainstream media. It’s about white people, white working class people.
With this in mind, a more accurate description suggests itself for the next series of this genre. Try this for size:
Whitey, Welfare wackos…
Channel 5 eat your heart out.