I’m often told it’s important that I help ‘real people’. I’m sure many reading that will nod their head in agreement. Yet stop for a second, what exactly counts as a real person?
This is a genuine conundrum, as it’s often a phrase used against me covering a particular subject. The comments on the MSE forum and on Twitter and Facebook include things like the following (this is from memory, so not word-accurate, but the sentiment is right):
"You did that money makeover, but while she may’ve had £16,000 of debt, she was a teacher with a good job, why don’t you help real people?
And in the last few weeks:
"When are you going to stop the stuff about ISA rates or reclaiming PPI and start dealing with the issues real people face?"
And to cap it off:
"Why are you focusing on all those people scrounging on benefits? When are you going to help hard-working, real people?"
So who are the real people out there? I think it’s slightly sad that people don’t think those who aren’t in the same boat as them are deserving of information or help – even in these tough times, we need be tolerant of others.
I started by asking "are you a real person?" But perhaps a better question would be to ask "who isn’t real?"
Related past blogs / news
- A blog in support of stupid people’s rights (probably the most important blog I’ve ever written)
- "I’m on benefits but I’m no scrounger"
- Wish I’d been stupid enough to get PPI in the first place