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Shannon Matthews is the new face of poverty

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22 03 08 - 04:34
Poverty has a new face now, and it’s called Shannon Matthews. What her sad little story has destroyed, possibly for ever, is the convenient middle-class myth of coherent, material poverty. Instead, it has revealed that what devastates the lives of modern children is something altogether much worse – inner poverty; poverty of the soul.
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Middle class Britain heaved a collective sigh of relief when Shannon was found alive and well. They expected a joyful reunion with her family and for everything to be just fine. But they just don't see the facts: Shannon comes from a dysfunctional family where the only certainties in her life are uncertainties and neglect. This is the consequence of modern values.

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To the last syllable of recorded time;
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