Much wealthier people have taken furlough money in murkier circumstances - why are some so angry at the Fletchers?


After being shamed for reportedly taking around £30,000 of government furlough funds for an employee at their, Giovanmãng cầu and Tom Fletcher have publicly apologised and paid baông chồng the money.

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But, as I sat reading the's joint statement (yes JOINT, not just Giovanna, but we'll get lớn that...) I't help but wonder if they'd really deserved such public

I keep reading, feeling I've missed something, but as far as I can tell the Giovanna Fletcher Ltd claimed furlough money for an employee who was unable to carry out their role, because of the pandemic. That is... what the scheme was set up for?

The 'crime' was that Giovanmãng cầu had just won I'm A Celebrity? Or that the are 'reported' (not proven) lớn be worth £8million? Or that she 'boasted' of talking about maybe going on holiday at one point?

Well... anecdotally, I'm sure we all know of big multi-national who've clearly used the furlough scheme lớn get the government khổng lồ pay for some staff for a few months - staff who probably've sầu worked, & that have sầu to lớn make profits. That's not to say I think that's what the Fletchers might've sầu done, more that poor behaviour has happened as part of the furlough scheme - and no-one has proved that to be the case here.

There's also that £8million net worth figure. I'm not saying I'd turn it down, but I'm guessing that in the scheme of that used furlough, the actual turnover of the Fletchers' (not to lớn be, as this does, with their personal wealth) is miniscule. I can think of well-known businessmen who regularly are asked to give talking head quotes about worth a lot more, & who used the scheme. And actually, weren't small businesses as entitled (or even more in need) or furlough money?

I'm also sure some of us have now heard of who didn't use furlough, & seemed proud of it - and are now having to lay off staff because they didn't utilise money that was legally on offer. Are they better? Do you feel 'less bad' if you get made redundant but, well, no-one can say your took a BONAFIDE government scheme's money hey?

And there's also the fact that headlines screamed 'FURLOUGH SHOCKER Giovanna Fletcher claimed ‘£30k’ from furlough scheme weeks after winning I’m A Celebrity.' Then the apology yesterday was from Giovanna and Tom Fletcher. Yes the was in her name, but it seems from the phrasing that the are taking any blame on both of their shoulders. Why was it the woman who was made the target of the outrage... well...

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It's easy to lớn see why people might've got outraged by 'FURLOUGH SHOCKER', because lots of people - & businesses - are having a terrible time. It sounds... a shocker. And when money gets tight, it's always easy khổng lồ get people to lớn turn against each other. But, in the grvà scheme of money mismanagement in this (from, billionaires and the government) it seems... not the worst thing going on, or the thing that should receive the greakiểm tra attention. Or any.

We have a bizarre obsession with the ghoulish phrase 'BENEFIT CHEAT' in this wade inkhổng lồ a with someone with very little knowledge & a loud platsize & you believe sầu that around 89% of people who CLAIM (even the language of that term) government money are hard-nosed fraudsters, out for 'all they can get'. In fact in 2019-20đôi mươi, the government says 2.4% of total benefit expenditure was overpaid due to lớn fraud & error. Ideally it would be none, but it's a figure much lower than you believe sầu given screaming headlines sometimes.

The fact is though, many people in this legitimately rely on benefits & government 'handouts' & signing up lớn schemes to relieve them of childcare, taxation, business rates. And while there are plenty of 'grey areas' that have their own issues and many celebrities have fallen foul of, this doesn't really seem khổng lồ be one. It seems like a business using a benefit that was handed out to lớn businesses during one of the most difficult challenges khổng lồ our in recent decades.

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So, perhaps before piling on to lớn Gi & Tom Fletcher, it's worth thinking through what you're really angry about. And if you've sầu still got some anger, it's worth sending it in another - more deserving - direction.

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