an open letter to channel 5 over their poverty porn and bash the poor TV

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‘The kingdom is ransacked
the jewels all taken back
and the chopper descends
they’re hidden in the back
with a message on a half-baked tape
with the spool going round
saying I’m back here in this place
and I could cry
and there’s smoke you could click on (The Clash ‘Clampdown’)

Dear Channel Five,

We are living in mean and filthy times, times where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting the blame. These are selfish and ugly days when the rich gave up for apologising for stealing the money, the culture and the hope and the poor are meant to be, poor.

The Tories are in power and the machine of state is starting to grip tighter and tighter and the zeitgeist of hate is being perpetuated through cheap TV channels laughing at people who can’t fight back. When Joe Strummer wrote the words form Clampdown he was imaging a dystopian future in the now and it seems we have finally arrived there.

Last night a WHOLE EVENING of poor bashing in the guise of several ‘poverty porn’ benefit programmes in a row looks was shown on Channel Five – a national TV station.It looked like it was made up, a parody of the well heeled media crowd sniggering at the poor but it actually happened. 

Channel Five, that was a really depressing night’s entertainment’ wasn’t it. The Dr Goebells TV channel  seems to have switched from endless Nazi documentaries to bashing the poor, bullying the underclass with, what someone has called ’poverty porn’ on my facebook page.

Is this your idea of TV Channel 5? This smug sniggering at people with no money and no opportunities. Or is this part of the New Tory agenda, this blame everyone for the woes of the nation apart from the real perpetrators.

The media spin is in full flow from Labour causing the worldwide economic crash to the poor people for being well. er, poor. In 2015 the Tories have been strutting across England like evil barons, the real life, real time Sheriffs of Nottingham and that slippery slimy creature in their wake touching its forelock and doing their propaganda job for them is you Channel Five.

You should be ashamed.

A series of programmes bashing the poor is that your idea of TV? where was the right of reply, where was the balance, where was the humanity? A twisted version of the UK present a Daily mail view of Blighty, a view that those who won’t volunteer for slave labour are somehow ‘spongers’ that those who by an accident of birth of geography don’t get the silver spoon. The UK is becoming an ugly and mean place, the flames of resentment and nastiness are being fanned by the well heeled and smug churning out trash TV like this.

‘Working for the clampdown’ as the Clash once sang. Take it away Joe…

..What are we gonna do now?
Taking off his turban, they said, is this man a Jew?
‘Cause they’re working for the clampdown
They put up a poster saying we earn more than you!
When we’re working for the clampdown
We will teach our twisted speech
To the young believers
We will train our blue-eyed men
To be young believers

The judge said five to ten, but I say double that again
I’m not working for the clampdown
No man born with a living soul
Can be working for the clampdown
Kick over the wall ’cause government’s to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D’you know that you can use it?

The voices in your head are calling
Stop wasting your time, there’s nothing coming
Only a fool would think someone could save you
The men at the factory are old and cunning
You don’t owe nothing, so boy get running
It’s the best years of your life they want to steal

You grow up and you calm down
You’re working for the clampdown
You start wearing the blue and brown 
You’re working for the clampdown
So you got someone to boss around
It makes you feel big now
You drift until you brutalize
You made your first kill now

In these days of evil presidentes
Working for the clampdown
But lately one or two has fully paid their due
For working for the clampdown
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!
Working for the clampdown
Ha! Gitalong! Gitalong!
Working for the clampdown

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  1. Right on the money John. It would be laughable if it was n`t true.

  2. did a wee song about this very same thing.
    ‘Rabbie Burns on Benefits Street’
    https://soundcloud.com/jackaltrades/rabbie-burns-on-benefits-street

  3. The irony being that this divide and rule , prurient gutter TV is aimed at the uneducated who could just as easily be out of a job any time soon .

  4. Lorraine Gibson

    Is there anyway at all these programmes can be stopped. I hate them with a passion. I know we all have the ability to turn them off (which believe me I do) but some people appear to enjoy watching less fortunates struggle. I even read somewhere that the producers of one of these programmes supplied beer and cigarettes, (to people who CAN’T afford them, just to make good viewing!

  5. Well said!!! Boycott Channel 5.

  6. What are you thinking? Are you deliberately helping the government to wage war on the disabled and marginalised by demonising them in your documentaries? Is it your intention to increase the divisions in society that help the Tories maintain control for their corporate masters? If so you should be heartily ashamed of yourselves

  7. Barbara Hainsworth

    Absolutely cheap and nasty Channel 5 I have boycotted your channel and hope that many others see the light. You should be ashamed! Have you never heard the expression that You should never kick a man when he is down? This is worse than kicking this is Nazi- ism all over again – in the name of what? Cheap Entertainment”?

  8. bang on, and well said, i haven’t watch channel 5 for this exact reason, it’s disgusting viewing, and why ch5 are promoting it i have no idea other than, their Tory bosses must have decided to kill off the channel ….. Channel 5 – Tory State Television …. next week kill or be killed benefit gladiators where contestants fight for a bag if rice and a half eaten kebeb ……

  9. I.m so glad its not just me thats noticed the Bullshit tv channel called channel 5.How they get away with it is beyond me….and it wouldnt surprise me if they are given scripts to read from of what to say at certain moments.
    I watched that prick one of many the irish prick Paul Connolly undercover benefits..if he spent as much time of his self made ….made up so to speak JOB investigating the real benefit cheats called MPs and B (W) ANKERS who by the way fleece the country to the tune of 100 billions ..then maybe i might return to watching Porn TV trash but for now..i.ll carry on watching proper porn with a lot better scripts and actors ;-) b

  10. Tory media collaborate with Tory government in demonising the poor, the disabled and the terminally ill?
    Are you really that shocked?
    It’s been happening since Thatcher.
    The BBC edited footage of Orgreave to actually reverse the order of events and make it look as though the miners attacked the police instead of the other way around.
    Deliberately fabricating a news story to support Thatcher’s agenda.
    Guess what? No one cared and they got away with it.
    Thirty years on, it’s par for the course.
    British used to hate bullies and cowards like Cameron, Osborne and Ian Duncan Smith.
    Now they vote for them.
    In this context, are you really surprised Channel 5 show this and not ‘Tax-Dodger Suburb’?

  11. wait… *that* is the opening to Clampdown? Surely the holy grail of mumbled Joe Strummer lyrics

  12. Let-the-truth-be-told

    Good bit of writing, stunningly accurate observational prose. round of applause.
    However.
    Why is Mr Robb expecting Christian values of empathy, justice, care for the unwell, the weak, the poor etc, FROM THOSE WHO MAKE TELEVISION PROGRAMMES!!!

    Don’t you know what mind control goes on so that the average TV producer can be allowed out on his/her own to make this sociopathic bullshit which offends all normal people?

    I like lists – so here is a list of what happens to create a “TV opinion former”
    1) Sent off to boarding school at eight, where sexual abuse/beatings/lack of love and care, sets up the child’s mind for a “survival at all costs” mentality.

    2) Groomed in secularism, globalism, Darwinism and masonic basics at university… the masonic contacts gets him/her a job in TV , particularly the BBC.

    3) Works hard and is identified as a “future leader” and so sent on a common purpose course for more mind control. (cpexposed.com)

    4) Asked to join various “clubs” like the Atheneum, where others of the “elite” can keep an eye on you, and an ear in your conversation.. make sure you are talking the way that you should talk… are you “one of us?”

    5) Lastly, once you have checked in your integrity at the door, and given your mind away, you can be “trusted” to make TV programmes that shit on the poor from a great height, (so as to further some weird agenda). And if you can’t be “trusted”… well.. there’s always that footage they’ve got on you, doing something you shouldn’t have done at that party in Dolphin Square.

    And after all that grooming of a TV opinion former Mr Robb, do you really think that any of them are strong enough to promote the Judeo-Christian values that you quite rightly identify in Joe Strummer’s lyrics? (And he was a good Jewish boy who knew ALL about how the establishment works… )

    No way.
    They don’t let people form the opinions of the masses until they can be “trusted” to promote a certain agenda, and to get into that “trusted” position in their career, they must be prepared to do pretty much anything and everything.

  13. Let-the-truth-be-told

    and I’ve had a front row seat on all that for the last thirty three years. People I know who used to be “human and humane” have joined the cult of TV producing or presenting or reporting, and holy SHITE… its like they become a STEPFORD WIFE… They LOOK like the people I used to know, but inside their heads, they’ve been groomed to be sociopathic. Its damn scary.
    One time,
    in a flat in Clapham,
    two lovers entwined, and glorious…
    balmy eighties morning… coffee… toast.. the guardian…
    Then a phone call…
    One of the lovers’ suddenly reacts to mind control..
    The air freezes over.

    And yes.. now he is famous.. and yes, he will make TV programmes that are cruel, and vain and stupid now…. because that’s how it goes..
    Buy hey.. do enough coke and it doesn’t matter, right?

  14. Let-the-truth-be-told

    So you’ve got this person who is higher up in TV circles and they’ve been “groomed” to think that their career, (and the nice salary and status) is all that matters.

    Therefore, the satanic ritual child abuse can continue, because nobody will say anything for fear of losing their career… or worse..
    Worse?
    Yes.
    TV opinion formers can make one person a laughing stock in the nation. A celebrity who has been “created” , can be turned into “the person we…the sheeple public…. all laugh at and call an idiot”, by the TV opinion formers…
    And why? What has that person done? Probably they had too much integrity to go along with the occult-agenda.
    But it gets worse.
    Worse?
    Two words.
    Jill Dando.
    Oh dear.. that’s what happens when you employ a Christian, and she starts off by objecting to the sexual abuse of her adult female co-workers…. and then she finds out about the organised child abuse.. and (you know the story).. she is murdered.
    Can it get worse?
    Well
    Not really.
    But have you ever wondered how to “silence” an elderely celebrity?
    Plant some child porn on his computer and get him sent off to prison.
    That way, should he ever speak out about what goes on in TV land, … he won’t be believed.

    TV replaced Christianity in forming the morality of the nation.
    TV negated Christianity and replaced it with the woe-ful dirge of “Songs of Praise”… so that any sane person slaps their forehead in disbelief at the cheesiness.
    TV gave people a way of thinking, and these “hate the poor” shows, are pure Darwinism. “Survival of the Fittest… these people are not surviving so its ok to write them off.”

    TV as a religion is in decline.
    The sheeple have thought “hang on… do I want my opinions formed by sociopaths who turn a blind eye to child abuse, because to report it will affect their career?”

    Those who pay the license fee, and who have a TV at home, are in effect saying “well.. yeah….its all been sorted out now..”
    Has it?
    Really?

  15. Very eloquent Robbo;not so the low-grade trash that we always get from Channel 5 though,and indeed most mainstream TV stations these days.Gone are the days we had classic working-class sitcoms and dramas by writers from such backgrounds.It’s mostly middle/upper middle class TV execs/writers/directors,etc. who went to top schools and universities that sneer as what they perceive the unwashed lower orders,grievously affected by deindustrialisation,resulting poverty,part-time and low wages,zero-hour contracts,benefit cuts/sanctions and austerity.I wish we could have compassionate and thoughtful documentaries,dramas and comedies made by sympathetic filmmakers and writers,but these are almost nowhere in sight.Instead,we have odious,trashy ‘docu-soaps’ like TOWIE and Made In Chelsea,and tawdry,exploitative discussion shows like Jeremy Kyle that either ignore or demonize the poor and vulnerable.I haven’t had a TV licence for nearly two years and barely bother watching it at all now,mainly for the reasons described above.

  16. Let-the-truth-be-told

    .Gone are the days we had classic working-class sitcoms and dramas by writers from such backgrounds

    eeermmmm yeah… hate to break it to you.. but these so called classic working class sitcoms, never depicted the working classes as book-reading, intelligent, organised, decent people did they? And the writers were mainly jewish-middle-class spinning a yarn about how working class they were… Don’t forget that in the seventies, to be “working class” opened a lot of doors in TV land, so a lot of people faked it.
    Why did it open doors?
    Marxist indoctrination.

    What we’ve got now is Occult indoctrination. I sat in horror at my partner’s house, watching the hideous closing ceremony of the Olympics…counting the masonic symbols…THIS CRAP COST TWENTY SEVEN MILLION… We’ve got food banks, and schools that are falling down, and a debt that is over a trillion pounds, and those muppets in TV land were spending that amount of money to self promote????
    Did nobody amid the TV owning fraternity… “get” what was going on?

  17. Let-the-truth-be-told

    It’s mostly middle/upper middle class TV execs/writers/directors,etc. who went to top schools and universities that sneer as what they perceive the unwashed lower orders,grievously affected by deindustrialisation,resulting poverty,part-time and low wages,zero-hour contracts,benefit cuts/sanctions and austerity

    Right, but HOW and WHY have they been taught to sneer? Its Darwinism. Survival of the fittest. They are indoctrinating us out of Christian idea of looking after the poor, the unwell, and those in society who need help. The type of Christian socialism, (that came from tub thumping Methodists who have been written out of history books), that established our social security system, our NHS, our unions, our basic kindness…. all that is to be replaced by Darwinist “Survival of the fittest” and the TV programmes are part of the overall agenda.

    So next time a certain Mr Robb gets the crowd to sneer at Christians… next time you read “Jesus orgasm” in his lyrics, or the phrase “Like a Christian at an orgy”…. maybe challenge him on his hatred of Christians… Is it due to his own occult belief system? Or is he indoctrinated by the TV ? Whats it all about?

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