Wednesday 15 July 2015

Poverty & 1970s Pelican Books

Poor, uneducated people have always been obstinate in their selfish desire to ruin the contentment of those from more important social classes.

Below are several Pelican books from the 1970s which deal with the decade's poverty, austerity and the blight of these self-centered people who relish being destitute.

For example, The Poor and Other Invertebrates, published in 1974, made the following claims about the nation's impoverished:

"[They] reproduce prolifically in 3 months rather than the conventional 9 months of properly evolved humans".

"They intentionally contract diseases by manufacturing their own bacteria at home, which they smear onto their cheap linoleum floors  [...] then roll around in it".

"They burgle respectable citizen's homes, then play Bingo".

In 1976, Scarfolk council dealt with the needy by taking away their autonomy and making them property of the state. Thousands of people below the breadline were requisitioned to be used as civic equipment such as street bollards and even sandbags in the case of flooding or terrorist bombings.


  1. I'm pretty sure they still have copies of all of these in the Eton library. It would explain a lot.

  2. All looks perfectly good to me, even though I only went to a minor public school.

  3. Although,to be fair,( in a cookery book in the some series ), they can make for a simple & tasty "Shepherd's Pie" .

  4. Three months? The world's food problems are solved!

  5. I can remember the Children's Penance Directorate armoured van bringing boxes of these books to our school. The books smelled of charred chicken and petrol.

  6. My Goodness, these fine Text books take me back.
    I remember our course Tutor said these were essential reading, for our Undergarduate Sociology Degree (in the Diversity of Charcoal Wobbling).

  7. Some fine reading suggestions. But Scarfield Council's improvements don't go far enough for me. I refer them to my Modest Proposal of 1729 which while suggested as a means of ridding Ireland of the burden its poor children and thereby poverty in general, could easily have been rolled out in the UK in the 1970s. I am glad to see, however, that your current government is moving in the right direction and the poor are gradually being dealt with in a manner which befits their selfish neediness. - Mr J Swift.

    1. Mr J Swift: Perhaps you have forgotten the book you wrote for us in 1972:

  8. I stand corrected. It's being dead - sometimes I get a bit out of touch. I prefer mediums to social media. And as to your new-fangled internet malarkey ... Nonetheless, I will endeavour to join a Beyond Silver Surfers evening class and try to pop in more often. Yours apologetically, Mr J Swift.

  9. Booork! Why you republish these disgusting and hasteful propaganda. Are you mad? Do you want to live back in the horrible 1930's? How could these wastebooks be distributed to children?

  10. All these books got a good review in the Guardian.