Thursday, April 04, 2013

Know Your Enemy

"It is vitriolic, illogical depersonalisation to ascribe the grotesqueness of one wild, unique crime to tens of thousands of people on benefits. When any section of society is demonised on irrational grounds we have to take that seriously, so I will complain to the Press Complaints Commission, and I hope you will too – even though, as Twitter helpfully pointed out, it's run by Paul Dacre, the editor in chief of the Daily Mail."

Zoe Williams does an admirable job of condemning the Daily Heil's appalling and soon-to-be-notorious front-page story about the Philpotts headlined "Vile product of Welfare UK". It's saying something when the rag sticks its finger in the air to test the wind and feels it isn't going out on too much of a limb to try stirring up class war.

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