It makes you wonder why Richard Desmond hates the poor so much. But perhaps the owner of the Express and Channel 5 doesn't hate, or indeed feel anything except the lure of money for himself.
Yesterday the Express added a new word to the lexicon of far-right poor-bashing - "ghettos". A ludicrously skewed story reckoned to have "uncovered the nation's Benefit Ghettos". It draws on data for which it gives no source to show that an area of Blackburn has 71.9% of the working age population claiming benefits. The rest of the story is what you'd expect, except for the fact that they do quote Jack Straw MP to the effect that there are a lot of hostels in the area, distorting the figures. But who cares about the facts? Who cares about the working poor who are so badly paid that they have to claim benefits? No, these are "ghettos". And I'm sure Desmond understands the significance of that word.
It's all in preparation for another Desmond venture, a programme on Channel 5 tonight advertised in today's Express. It claims to be based on a YouGov poll showing that "two-thirds of Britons believe the system of state handouts needs an overhaul". Now, I seem to remember taking part in that poll, and I realised that there was an agenda behind it. I must have been among the 45% who thought that benefits claimants were portrayed unfairly. However, it's an excuse for Channel 5 to put on a "debate" featuring - wait for it - "White Dee" from Benefits Street, Katie Hopkins and Edwina Currie. Ken Livingstone is also in the line-up. No, of course I won't be watching.