james at jwm-art.net
Wed Apr 3 22:08:08 CEST 2013
On 03/04/13 Rob Myers <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:
>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.
on a slight tangent, there was more recently, "rich famous and homeless"
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