Dear Edwina, Thankyou for last night. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me. #bigbenefitsrow

kamsandhu —  February 5, 2014 — Leave a comment

A great letter from Jack Monroe to Edwina Currie following Currie’s vile attack and attempt to silence Monroe on C5’s Big Benefit Row on Monday night. In this open letter, Jack answers the questions the like of Currie and Hopkins were so keen to shout over. And it should be heard.

I can’t re-blog it, but another necessary and topical read comes from Sue Marsh, Disability Rights Campaigner and author of the blog ‘Diary of a benefit scrounger.’ Marsh was also asked to appear on the show, but dropped at the last minute in a move that demonstrated C5’s commitment to the disability point of view. Marsh explains what happened the post on her blog – http://diaryofabenefitscrounger.blogspot.co.uk/

And, Owen Jones who also appeared on the Big Benefits Row, wrote up a piece for the Independent – entitled ‘The Hopkinsisation of political discourse’ – a look at the tactics used by candidates such as Katie Hopkins and Edwina Currie to shout down what they don’t like to hear with ‘fewer facts and more venom.’

All highly recommended.

JACK MONROE

Dear Edwina;

It’s 9 o clock on Tuesday, the morning after the night before, where we were both on a panel on The Big Benefits Row on Channel 5. I haven’t watched it back, I was there, and know what I look like when I’m angry.

I need to get this out – because it’s everything I wanted to say last night but couldn’t, as I kept being rudely shouted over by you. Honestly, my three year old behaves better than that. At least he knows that when Mummy does her ‘will you just be QUIET and LISTEN to me’ then the best thing to do is to stop running your mouth and let Mummy say her piece.

But you didn’t. Because you were terrified of what I had to say.

I wanted to say, when asked by Matthew Wright, that poverty is almost indescribable to someone as blinkered as…

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