Last night’s ‘budget-cut reality show’ The Street That Cut Everything has been branded “daft and fake” by The Metro, “over-dramatic” by The Daily Telegraph, and to complete the political spectrum; “morally and factually iffy” by The Guardian.
In the show, Nick Robinson cut services, turned off the street lights, dumped vast amounts of litter and dog poo all over one street, before handing the residents back their council tax before leaving them to it.
But instead of providing a relevant “social experiment”, the documentary was criticised in many corners for being unrepresentative of the real issues at hand with the government’s spending cuts. No wonder the BBC wouldn’t give us a preview disc.
“A child of 10 could have seen the flaw in the set-up; council services clearly operate on economies of scale and any clearup would cost a few houses disproportionately more in effort and money,” wrote Jonh Crace in The Guardian.
Catherine Gee explained how ‘daft’ extra rules were then implemented such as a ban on residents spending their own money on little extras, such as a torch to light their way in the dark streets.
“Then Robinson announced that they would have to take responsibility for the wider community as well – cleaning the streets at 6.00am on a Saturday. Basically performing what are normally paid jobs for free,” she added.
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