WTF Beveridge Special

Hallo Readers,

In 1942, William Beveridge produced a report entitled Social Insurance and Allied Services (known as the Beveridge Report). His report proposed that all people of working age should pay a weekly national insurance contribution and in return, benefits would be paid to people who were sick, unemployed, retired or widowed. Beveridge argued that this system would provide a minimum standard of living “below which no one should be allowed to fall” and identified  the five ‘Giant Evils’ of Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness which the Government should find ways to combat.  After the war and the election of a Labour Government, the Welfare State was born and in 1946 Beveridge became the first Baron Beveridge. Move forward to 2013 and the conviction for manslaughter of six children in Derby by Mick and Mairead Philpott and their friend Paul Mosley. They set fire to  the Philpotts’ house to frame Mick’s former mistress Lisa who had had the temerity to remove herself and her children from the unsavoury ménage à quatorze  that was her, Mick, their five kids, Mairead, her son and Mairead and Mick’s five kids. Mick was not a man to take either rejection or the loss of benefits consequent upon the removal of his and Lisa’s kids. The plan all went horribly wrong and the children died rather than being heroically rescued. So far, so awful and the scum have now been locked up. Enter the Daily Mail which decided to use the occasion to blame the deaths of the six children on the Welfare State with the headline “Vile Product of Welfare UK”. The logic, if that is the right word, which it isn’t, was that had Mick not been a scrounger living off benefits, the children would not have died. Welfare benefits were certainly a factor here but Mick was also a violent, controlling, publicity-seeking sociopath with a previous conviction for the attempted murder of a girlfriend who had ended their relationship.  On the Daily Mail’s logic, the fact that Stephen Seddon murdered his parents for their money makes him a product of a system of inherited wealth and anyone due to inherit money from their parents is a potential murderer. But then the Daily Mail  never knowingly lets the facts get in the way of a good headline, particularly in the same week that Chancellor George “We’re All In it Together” Osborne and Secretary for Work and Pensions Iain “I can live on £53 a week, no problem” Duncan Smith cut benefits and legal aid. There was an outcry against the Daily Mail’s headline and the Chancellor then weighed in as well, and today the paper, full of injured innocence, splashed the headline that it had only been making “the perfectly reasonable point” that Mick was a product of the benefits system and invited a readers’ debate, adding “But beware, the Left WILL hijack the result”.  So there we have it. Beveridge has blood on his hands. Soon the Daily Mail will be calling for him to be stripped  posthumously of his peerage. Meanwhile, those who chose to celebrate Mick as a bit of a one on the Jeremy Kyle Show, TV documentaries and countless newspaper profiles “he lives with two birds and goes dogging and  has loads of kids, get in!!!!” might wish to consider to whom they give what Mrs Thatcher used to call the oxygen of publicity. Oh, and don’t bother wasting the price of a postage stamp writing to the Press Complaints Commission because the Chairman is Paul Dacre, Editor in Chief of the Daily Mail. Small world, isn’t it?

Let us cheer ourselves up a bit with a look at the sheer silliness of over-exposed, badly-dressed people who parade themselves for the public delectation and pay stylists a fortune to look like a sack of shit. Heaven knows we need some cheer in our snow-bound, miserable  April lives. Let us start with actress and O.C. star Mischa Barton wearing Katherine Kidd.

WTF did not realise that a young Mischa was in The Sixth Sense, but then she (WTF, that is) had her eyes shut for much of it. Mischa’s abs are absolutely fabulous and the shoes are pretty but the outfit is a dud, a quasi-bridal combo rendered from an old net curtain with her bra on show. $1,000 down the toilet with loud gurgling noises. Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh…..

Here is the gorgeous Robert Downey Jnr. looking rather less than gorgeous in  Ferragamo.  

Robert was in Seoul for the launch of his new movie Iron Man 3. Have we not suffered enough? Not to put too fine a point on it, Robert looks like an  ageing bellhop in overlong trousers and spiked trainers and he has also done something very facetious to his hair. He looks silly. And he knows it.

Meet Adrienne Maloof, described as “businesswoman, reality star, philanthropist and shoe designer” at beta-blogger Perez Hilton’s birthday party.

I know, I know….it’s bad. She looks like a Madame of a brothel in one of those Westerns where Clint Eastwood rides into town with a scowl and a hard-on. Adrienne, who is very foxy for 51, is going out with Sean Stewart, 32, son of Rod Stewart, 68. Luckily for Sean, she is way too old for Rod whose third wife, Penny, is nine years younger than her putative daughter-in-law.

Do not adjust your set. This is Kim Kardashian wearing Lanvin.

Look, here’s the thing. Just because it is Lanvin does not mean that it is nice. Ask Sigourney Weaver in her infamous black pillow dress which was, in essence, $2000 worth of dreck turned back to front with disastrous effect. Even if Kim were not pregnant with an enormous chest and an extremely large bottom, this would still look like a crocheted lampshade.

In fact, on reflection Kim would be better off wearing the lampshade, and she would also have saved herself some money, given that the dress is retailing for $3,000. And now a few words about Kim’s pregnancy. First, women get bigger when they are pregnant. This is because there is a baby in there and amniotic fluid, or in Kim’s case, idiotic fluid and the hormones are going mental. So both Kim and the press had better come to terms with this growing girth thing because there are four months left before baby Kimye has his or her first photo-call. Second, just because you are pregnant does not mean that you have to squeeze yourself into tight leather displaying every anatomical detail but equally it does not mean that you have to dress as a crocheted lampshade. Third, and this is only a guess I grant you,  if Kanye is still choosing Kim’s outfits, she must have done something really bad to piss him off.

We now meet singer and actress Kelly Chen wearing Stella McCartney at the opening of the new Sergio Rossi boutique in Hong Kong.

WTF is no great fan of Stella at the best of times, and these are not the best of times. Kelly is wearing see-through lace trousers, although onlookers have been spared an imminent minge moment by the ugly black lining. What WTF wants to know is what is the point of wearing see-through trousers? See- through trousers are about as much use as a chocolate teapot and not as tasty, not to mention very draughty around the nether regions. This ghastly see-through trousers trend is going to be as ghastly as the ghastly see-through skirt trend, and one can but hope that it stops very soon because it is ghastly. The Sergio Rossi shoes and bag, on the other hand, are cute.

We now come to serial offender Ciara wearing Givenchy Menswear. And yes you did read that correctly…

This is just terribly, terribly terrible. There is the Madonna tee-shirt (the real one, not the tawdry singer), the uneven-hemmed tunic thingy, the white leggings and the hi-top trainers, and the total cost must be around $2,000. The effect is to make Ciara look like a member of the Klu Klux Klan moonlighting as a dental nurse. And the back view is no better… .

WTF observes that the hems are a little clumsy given the obscene price tag for this tat. One of Ciara’s  greatest hits was called Speechless which more than sums up the reaction of bemused onlookers

OK Readers, that’s your lot for this week. Keep posting those comments as there was a top batch of them this week, and let us meet again next Friday. Be good x

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28 Responses to WTF Beveridge Special

  1. laura says:

    I am speechless ! Can anyone explain why men do not go out in uncomfortable platform shoes and almost naked? Did women not campaign for equality, so why do men not go out in blizzard conditions semi naked? I give you this link as an example where Tom Cruise is dressed like any sane person would dress whilst the female has to be stripped off so people can ogle – equality my a*se!

    • fashionshark
      fashionshark says:

      I suspect that they thought that because she’s Russian and could stand a bit of cold! But I agree that it ridiculous. Last night was absolutely freezing….

  2. Samantha says:

    Well said on the Beveridge bit – did you see Ken Loach’s fabulous film ‘The Spirit of 45’? If you haven’t (and I suspect you have) you must go and see it. It is all about the good brave visionary men who established the Welfare State and Ken’s hope that the film will galvanise us into doing something to save it from destruction by the Tories. We need to take to the streets and kick those loathsome Tories out! I haven’t been able to visit the Daily Heil site since as I don’t know what sickening headline I will find there and I always used to go there for the gossip. Now for a bit of light relief and your fashion blog!

  3. Samantha says:

    OMG hilarious: “KK and her idiotic fluid”; “Madonna, the tawdry singer”, ha ha ha. Wish you did a daily blog!

  4. Anna says:

    The whole Mick Philpott thing was just the push I needed to stop my nasty Mail Online habit. I have kicked it for good, I promise. Enough is enough. Moving swiftly on, it is just as well for Givenchy that Ciara has been willing to wear their menswear in the outside world because I can’t imagine that any actual men are going to purchase it.

  5. laura says:

    Givenchy appear to have fallen victim to “creeping Shariah” ! Don’t men in the Middle East wear something similar?

  6. Great, darling. Kim has more boob than our family could collectively muster for the last four centuries.  Why doesn’t she have a boob reduction and share it around? xx

  7. Sal says:

    Kim- don’t stop her now. She does great public service – makes us all feel better about ourselves.
    As for that link to Olga- have you noticed the skin coloured neckline to the dress, so it’s not actually an off the shoulder number at all – I feel duped.
    The Welsh NHS are busy at the moment I hear, mopping up after all the parents who thought they were being smart not giving their kids MMR in early 2000s. Bet those parents feel a bit daft now !

    • laura says:

      Yet again – what is this insanity that women go out in killer heels and thin clothes on a freezing cold day? A day at the races never used to be more about wearing wellies. Complete failure of feminism to make women other than objects of desire.

      • fashionshark
        fashionshark says:

        But you wouldn’t see the fake tan fake tits and terrible faux-Louboutins under a coat……

      • laura says:

        Do you think Emmeline Pankhurst is turning in her grave – surely she had better hopes about what women might aspire to, not fake tits and high heels? I am so confused – why do white women want to be browny/orange? I saw a jar of cream specifically for making the pussy area white in a shop in Libya once – I mean WTF? Why would an Arab woman aspire to a white pussy? Still the same old question then “what do we women really want” ?

      • fashionshark
        fashionshark says:

        No I agree, we still have not really come that far….as for the white pussy cream, am simply aghast

    • Sairse says:

      Did you see the woman that had a white crescent under one butt cheek cos of how she’d been lying on the sun bed?

  8. What was hilarious is that olga turned up with TC to TheGrahamNortonShow wearing a jumper and skirt.
    Idiot fluid..brilliant.
    Sorry but what the heck does creeping shariah mean??
    Ok I know this is a bit off the subject but let me clarify. Shariah is the Arabic word for Law. that’s it. When the Normans were doing their invading thing in the 11th c, they had been to the Sultanate of Sicily and decided they liked the way some the laws were implemented, particularly business contractual and others, and when they landed on fair England’s shores, made those same laws part of English Law. Those said laws still have some Arabic terms. So sorry to disappoint the EDL Muslamic Ray gun haters, parts of Islamic Law has been part of this land for over a thousand years.
    Great intro btw. Well done your dad. I hope the idiots who voted the tories in are suffering. My father had passed away that week ( Apr 24th), and I still got down to my resident city to get my vote in, as I (so did he) dreaded the tories getting back in. Having said Labour wasn’t much better, but IDS and his £53 a week malarky is just pure horse sh** . He claims to have lost his job twice and lived on the breadline. Er no. He married well and lived in his father in law’s million pound mansion and got a job through his new connections.

    • laura says:

      #creepingshariah is a hashtag used with great irony to comment on totally innocuous items of news etc. that might be perceived as confirming the fear mongers that Islam is taking over and destroying “Western Values” what ever they are.

  9. fashionshark
    fashionshark says:

    I must say I didn’t know about the hashtag but I took the comment to be humorous in the same way as my good friend Yvonne Ridley, a Muslim revert, often jokes on Twitter about my portraying examples of “Taliban chic” like with Ciara. So I am sure no offence was meant but I am certainly sorry if any was taken!

  10. hehe no offence taken, but ya know I felt I needed to clarify!! Didn’t know about the hashtag either!
    You know Yvonne?? So do I!! She’s brill, have you read her new blog?

  11. Aw what a small world!!
    Your blog was posted on her FB page that’s how I found you!
    @Laura..Oh my GOD!!!

  12. Lord Dodo
    Rebecca Jay says:

    OK – so seeing as there have been so many BRILLIANT comments on this week’s blog – and I know there’s another coming up tomorrow – any of you who commented, please tell anyone and everyone you know about wtffashionshark. I was the one who cajoled her for many many many months to turn her then weekly email to a few good friends in to a blog. And I promised her 3000 followers within a year. You’ve got three weeks left folks to help that come true! She is an inspiration and has me weeping with laughter every week and the political intro of late just gets better and better. You could say I was a bit of a fan. I am. x

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