The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited

The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited

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You think that the recession isn't biting? Look again. You think that the riots in August 2011 were unpredicted? Think again. 75 years after George Orwell's classic expose on life in the North, Stephen Armstrong returns to find that many things have changed, but not always for the better. Here he finds how young girls go missing because of the intransigence of the benefits systems, how fragile hope can be in the face of poverty and why the government stands in the way of a community helping itself. In his journey, taking in Bradford, Sheffield, Liverpool and Wigan, Armstrong reveals a society at the end of its tether, abandoned by all those who speak in its name.Orwell could take some small part of the credit for this, but he also fixed the image of British poverty as cobbles, caps and clogs. ... The truth is that ita#39;s very hard to compare directly, for all the reasons Orwell listed in his 1941 essay. ... For a single adult, Relative Poverty means Ap165 per week, for a couple with a kid thata#39;s Ap256 per week and a couple with two kids aged eight or over are at the poverty line onanbsp;...

Title:The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited
Author:Stephen Armstrong
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2012-03-08


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