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15 October 2003

When Michael Portillo Became a Single Mum

Tonight on the BBC: a childless Conservative MP takes on the life of a low-income single mother in Merseyside for seven days, while she observes him via video-camera from a nearby flat. (How I would love to see the equivalent to this on American TV - sadly, only in my dreams.) He will care for her four children and attend to both of her low-paid jobs and struggle to provide for the family with her budget of £87 (about $130) per week. I expect him to be humbled by the experience; I will report back later.

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