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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Kirstie Allsopp stirs up storm over power cut tweet

TV star Kirstie Allsopp has defended controversial comments she made about those hit by power cuts across the UK, including Cumbria.

The presenter, who co-hosts Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location, stressed that she was not criticising flood victims – as reported by some national media – and would never do so having witnessed the devastation caused in Carlisle back in 2005.

A national media frenzy erupted after Miss Allsopp used her Twitter account to hit out at the UK’s growing compensation culture – saying as a society we are too quick to complain and blame.

Homes in Cumbria were among tens of thousands across the UK left without electricity because of damage caused by storms.

Although Miss Allsopp said power cuts were “miserable for those affected”, she questioned whether there was really the need for people to receive compensation.

She said: While I’m in rant mode, what on earth has happened to blitz spirit? Billions of people get by with very limited electricity #SpoiltUK.” She then tweeted: “Storm winds blow, trees come down, electricity goes off, it’s not much fun, need to make contingency plans, why does this mean compensation?

“A cable is blown down, a team of people need to get it back up, this takes time, it is miserable for those affected, it isn’t Typhoon Haiyan.

“If u spend time in places where people really struggle to keep body and soul together and face mind boggling deprivation, you gain perspective.”

But the 42-year-old’s comments prompted some angry responses, and led to some media reports suggesting she had also labelled victims off flooding as “spoilt”.

Miss Allsopp, who also presents Kirstie’s Homemade Home and Handmade Britain,hit back, telling her 331,000 followers that she was simply opening up a debate and calling for some perspective on the situation.

She said: “Never question our blame/compensation culture because next day in the papers you are Marie Antoinette meets Stalin mocking the afflicted.”

She hit out at national media reports for taking her comments out of context and stressed that flooding and power cuts were two different things: “Flooding and being without electricity in no way comparable, the former is devastating, the latter less so.

“Being flooded is totally devastating, it’s something I dread and I couldn’t be more sympathetic, I saw the affects in Carlisle a few year back.”

Miss Allsopp, who is also an ambassador for the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, tweeted: “Thanks to all those who contributed to this debate, we can’t really know how we wld cope until we r in that situation. I really don’t mind the rude tweets, I love debate.”

PMcGowan@cngroup.co.uk

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Easy said when your 'rolling in it'..If I was the daughter of the former chairman of 'Christie's' (Charles Henry Allsopp, the 6th Baron Hindlip), and the cousin of Cath Kidston I'd be thinking twice about making a claim on my insurance!!
Us 'average Joe's' of the world sadly have no other choice but to claim..

Posted by Von Bon on 6 January 2014 at 01:17

Its easy for Kirstie to pass comment on compensation. Obviously with her father being Lord Charles Henry Allsopp who owns land worth millions of pounds she has little need for it herself. Utility companies have standing charges now - therefore if the grid is down these should be refunded.

Posted by Matthew Lowry on 5 January 2014 at 09:40

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