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I've just watched a short film on Youtube about the levels of poverty that people lived in on the St Ann's estate in Nottingham in 1969. It shows grinding poverty, way beyond what we see nowadays.
One thing struck me though. All of the people sat in a pub, despite being from poor working class backgrounds, still had the self respect to wear a shirt and tie to go to the local, and they all seemed to be happy singing along to the piano. There also looked to be a very strong sense of community.
Nowadays, St Ann's is still a deprived area, but some of the locals seem to have no self respect, let alone any respect for others. They commit crimes, take drugs and drink excessively and seem to think that the world revolves around them, even though the housing they have there is no where near as bad as the slums that people lived in back in the 1960s when this film was made.
Have a look at this short film.