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Title The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
Page 950
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Text many quotations of Scripture, and very little groceries. And even what there was generally went to the least-deserving people, because the only way to obtain any of this sort of `charity' is by hypocritically pretending to be religious: and the greater the hypocrite, the greater the quantity of coal and groceries. These `charitable' people went into the wretched homes of the poor and - in effect - said: `Abandon every particle of self- respect: cringe and fawn: come to church: bow down and grovel to us, and in return we'll give you a ticket that you can take to a certain shop and exchange for a shillingsworth of groceries. And, if you're very servile and humble we may give you another one next week.' They never gave the `case' the money. The ticket system serves three purposes. It prevents the `case' abusing the `charity' by spending the money on drink. It advertises the benevolence of the donors: and it enables the grocer
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