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Poverty - an inside look

A BBC report into poverty in Paris and London. Perhaps it will be an eye opener for those of us who try to ignore it in Thanet.

BBC News - On the trail of George Orwell’s outcasts

Retracing Orwell's footsteps, Emma Jane Kirby finds the hallmarks of poverty he identified - addiction, exhaustion and, often, a quiet dignity - are as apparent now as they were 80 years ago.

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This Normal comment was left by Peter Checksfield [score: 0]:

I'm guessing that those who try to ignore it here in Thanet include the person who said that we should ignore stores like Tesco & pay more for our food...
07/08/2011 20:43:15

This Normal comment was left by Carole Russell [score: 0]:

Peter I presume you were focusing on me with your retort. Can you really justify having more than one supermarket in every village and town?
Sea Fronts are not the place to have them as it causes a lot of traffic and makes it so unsafe for families and the elderly. We have become a nation of hogs, hogs eat all day if the food is available, this is the problem with obesitiy in Thanet, too many unhealthy food outlets, too many temptations, we have become a generation who believe our mouths are there to be fed every minute of the day and night, look at the children who can not walk let alone run because they are too fat, their parents are the abusers. You see mothers walking along with prams trying to force a sausage into the mouth of a 1o month old baby, the baby not asking for food but for some reason the mother believe that hole in the middle of the face has to be continually stuffed.
You accused me of trying to make people pay more for their food, I didn't do that and I stick to my statement. It will be very bad for any type of Supermarket being opened on the Sea Front and I shall fight until this charade is over and hopefully sense comes to those who started this rediculous idea in the first place.
We need a reasonable Hotel like Travel Lodge, with underground parking, all the shops reopened on a very low rent to allow people to start up their own businesses again. This was once a thriving tourist resort and it can be again. All traffic should be taken away from the front, except for early morning deliveries, just like other seaside resorts. The front should be for pedestrians only, with a park and ride some where a short way off, maybe Minnus Bay area.
08/08/2011 16:04:31

This Normal comment was left by Restore the Constitution [score: 0]:

A bit short-sighted there Peter. When huge monopolies take over it means fewer independent businesses can survive, costing 'quality' jobs and resulting in a weakened local economy as the money gets sucked out.

Lesser quality food, nutritionally speaking, is a contributing factor to the downward spiral of poverty, as it slowly debilitates the population.

Orwell was a very wise fella, unfortunately he knew too much and wasn't prepared to play ball, which is why 'they' bumped him off.
08/08/2011 21:27:08

This Normal comment was left by Peter Checksfield [score: 0]:

(1) Tesco has healthier food than currently available in Westbrook & Garlinge (all 3 greengrocers have gone in recent years, & the couple of small supermarkets have very little fresh fruit & veg).

(2) I'm poor, but I'm not fat. I do 40+ cycle ridea a couple of days per week as well as at least a couple of runs &/or long walks, & at 48 years old I have the same 31-32" waist that I had 30 years ago. How about you?

(3) The supermarket won't be on the seafront, it will be around the corner, just as Tesco & Iceland is in Broadstairs, & Lidl is in Cliftonville.

(4) If you want to reduce traffic on Margate seafront then presumably you're hoping that the TC don't attract too many people? We had traffic tailing back to Herne Bay & beyond back when Dreamland was successful, so you must be opposed to that returning! Far better to have no tourists instead of a thriving town where kids have to use pelican crossings, eh?
09/08/2011 14:23:57
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