[NetBehaviour] IDS

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Wed Apr 3 20:09:04 CEST 2013

On 03/04/13 04:44, helen varley jamieson wrote:
> back in the 90s, a couple of (conservative right-wing) politicians in nz
> did this as a kind of publicity stunt/challenge to prove that it was
> possible for people to live on the slashed unemployment benefits of the
> time. i can't find an online reference to it, but from memory they did
> it for a week or maybe 2,&  made a whole lot of media appearances giving
> patronising tips to low income people about how they were able to make
> ends meet on a benefit&  have fun doing it too.

A politician tried it in the UK in the 80s (I think), and had the 
intellectual honesty to admit it wasn't possible. I cannot now find the 
reference thanks to IDS.

- Rob.

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