Quote: Stephen Goodlad @ October 22 2013, 8:32 AM BST
A lot of people getting their knickers in a twist here.
Good luck to her, she's only trying to earn a living.
What would you want her to do, sell her million pound house so she can earn a crust - would you?
What about the BBC's crowd funding; ie the license fee where you don't have a choice of stumping up nearly £150.
Well, I think it's a question of values.
I had uncles - working class cockneys really - who did real work and lived in tower blocks. Mainly Southwark Council. When they retired, they had a very small amount of savings. They could never have afforded a private home. Not even a studio flat. They were outraged by the introduction of the bus pass. It suggested to them that they were being told that they were in need of charity handouts. They didn't feel that they were and considered it was demeaning to them. So they insisted on paying for bus journeys themselves.
These were people who had fought in WW2. One was in the Burma jungle. One went into Auschwitz after the war to arrange a dignified burial to the victims. It gave them stoicism and grit. Obviously they were relatively poor. They weren't luvvies living on an entirely different planet and weren't spoilt grasping brats.
One was Labour. He showed me just by being himself that the media portrayal of ordinary people is the propaganda of the filthy rich. Another was an old style Tory - the kind who had slightly more money than the rest of the family and gave cash to family members who couldn't afford to eat. They never asked him for it - they were too dignified - and of course it meant he did without. That was working class Conservatism. A thing which was truly to be respected, just as was old style Socialism. People have no moral compass now.