By Guardianista Charlene Dickens from her Tuscan Villa……
The blacking-warehouse was the last house on the left-hand side of the way, at old Hungerford Stairs. It was a crazy, tumble-down old house, abutting of course on the river, and literally overrun with rats. Its wainscoted rooms, and its rotten floors and staircase, and the old grey rats swarming down in the cellars, and the sound of their squeaking and scuffling coming up the stairs at all times, and the dirt and decay of the place, rise up visibly before me, as if I were there again.
The 2011 Guardian version:
Mr Osborne’s deficit-reduction package will end up hitting Britain’s poorest hardest. As of this week, VAT has risen by two and a half percentage points to 20%, which in theory puts an extra £340 on the advertised price of a basic Volkswagen Golf, pushes up a typical 37-inch plasma TV from something like £449.99 to £459.57, and pulls the average pint of lager over the £3 mark. Not to mention raising the cost of petrol and even the humble packet of crisps.
Oh dear – brand new Volkswagen Golf? 37” Plasma TV screen? It doesn’t have quite the evocative ring to it that Dickens description of the down trodden poor had, does it?