Britain On The Fiddle Review

BRITAIN ON THE FIDDLE: Thursday 3rd November, BBC1, 8pm

Dept of Work & Pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith reportedly “hit the roof” (which must have been painful for such a bald man) when he heard that X Factor contestant Johnny Robinson had been claiming incapacity benefit for years, after all there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with him when he takes to that stage on Saturday evenings.

Although it is yet to be proved that Robinson has actually committed an offence, viewers don’t seem to be too concerned with the camp singer’s behaviour, yet benefit fraudsters cost the British public a whopping £4,000,000,000 a year and economic conditions suggest that figure is unlikely to fall without action.

Tonight the BBC are following those whose job it is to catch those who claim that incapacity benefit when they are fit and well. While the rest of us are slaving away or commuting for five hours a day, this lot are working, playing golf, football and all the rest of it. Graham Axford owns a property in France (which he personally re-roofed), sails to the Azores in his own luxury yacht and still gets a free flat in Croydon. Yet even in the face of a council investigation and an orgy of evidence he maintains that he is unable to work because of his bad back.

We then saw a spate of drivers abusing the Disabled Badge system, including one woman who tried to run council workers over, before driving off to a care home and dragging the confused OAP badge-holder in front of the cameras. My favourite was the bloke who stalled as he tried to escape the car-park interrogation. Smooth.