Bernard Hare reflects on his life growing up poor and witnessing poverty in Britain since the fifties. Born in Leeds, the son of a miner, he recalls the hardship suffered during the strikes of the 70s and 80s and charts his own chequered path from grammar school boy to social worker, to drop-out, to writer and mentor to a group of once delinquent children portrayed in his book, "Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew". He says: "Poverty isn't only about a lack of resources. The worst poverty is found when there is a lack of education, understanding, hope ... Ultimately, it seems to me, "poverty" is a state of mind. If you think you're poor, you're poor. If you think you're rich, you're rich."
"Why Poverty?" features five speakers on different aspects of the subject of poverty and is part of a pan-BBC season of programmes on the topic.
Producer: Sheila Cook.
Many multinational companies these days even are trying to get their work done from remote countries where labour is cheap and new brands of shoes and clothing's mostly make more profits. There is not any harm in getting the work done from the remote locations but when proper measures are not taken by the brand management, for employees and staff working for them, the environment where the work is being done for the company it creates a blurry picture of the future of employees. Proper labour rules should be emphasized. Sweatshops workers find long hours to work in hazardous environment, most of them in these days as well using child labour. Brands like Levis, D & G, Calvin Klein and the list goes on, and most of them are getting the work done from China using the same old sweatshops.