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Victorian squalor in Britain In 2017 23 Dec 2017 08:16 #5408

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You don't have to watch Scrooge on TV this Christmas to see Victorian squalor in Britain
The debtor’s prison, to which the 11-year-old Dickens’s father was sent in 1823, must have been HMP Claridge’s compared with the stories coming out of HMP Liverpool. Almost two centuries years later, how can this be?

It is that time once again when the heart, yearning for its seasonal fix of pleasure in the deprivations of Victorian Britain, turns to Charles Dickens.

Some will reread A Christmas Carol, or settle down in front of the telly for the annual viewing of Scrooge, the 1951 classic starring Alastair Sim. In the cinema, meanwhile, is The Man Who Invented Christmas, a film about how Dickens was driven to write A Christmas Carol in part by outrage about the cruelties, callousness and hateful hypocrisies of his age.

If the old boy nipped back for a visit today, in the guise of the “Ghost of Christmas Inventor Past”, his social reformist eye would be taken by various sights. He would be particularly heartbroken to note that this year’s Independent Christmas appeal is Help A Hungry Child. The famished little icon of poverty he named Want in the novella, the sister of Ignorance, is with us still.

He would also be shocked to read about HMP Liverpool. So grotesque are conditions there that a visitor might be confused by the absence of prisoners – many are locked up in their cells for 22 hours each day – into mistaking it for a satirically gruesome Dickensian theme park, rather than a home for human beings.
A post-surprise inspection report, leaked to the BBC, paints a vibrant portrait of Victorian squalor. Rats and cockroaches are rife. One area was too vermin-infested, putrid and dangerous to be cleaned. Some cells were condemnable for their exposed live wires and leaking toilets.

More graciously appointed ones had damp and broken, jagged glass. According to this team of experienced inspectors, the conditions were the worst they ever witnessed.

Death abounds. Within a month of the September inspection, after which the Governor swiftly departed, three men had died: two by suicide; the other, an asthma sufferer, after an almost 17-hour wait for a GP.

More Here;
www.independent.co.uk/voices/hmp-liverpool-prison-victorian-poverty-christmas-dickens-scrooge-children-a8118651.html

This is the side of Liverpool and the Wider UK that The Torys like to keep Hidden. :angry:
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Victorian squalor in Britain In 2017 23 Dec 2017 15:22 #5410

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Victorian squalor in Britain In 2017 14 Mar 2018 12:02 #6521

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There was a radio program about "Britain's Squalid Prisons - Who's to Blame?", while it was more about Privatisation of the prison service, but it was unnerving of how the standards have slipped. :S

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09v3ff2
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