Bird on poverty: Let's see some meaningful action
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Big Issue's John Bird on governments tackling poverty

The founder of the Big Issue on successive governments' failure to tackle poverty. He said the deprived were seen as "some strange other species".

The crossbench peer, who sits as Baron Bird of Notting Hill, claimed all have pledged to help the poor in society, but now it was time for action.

In a personal film for This Week, John Bird said: "You cannot assault poverty if those suffering under it are seen as not completely human."

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