In this extract Hugh Smullen says that in many ways he believes the children of today are deprived of poverty. He can't remember boredom when he was a child, he says that although they had nothing they were happy as they didn't expect much or need much to be happy.

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Yeah and what would you see are the big differences between your childhood and maybe your grandchildren’s childhood?

I often say, like, we have deprived them of poverty, now what I mean by that is although we had nothing we had everything, like, we were happy type of thing, you know like, it's hard to describe it… like little things like amused us, you know, we didn’t seem to… I think I said it to someone yesterday, we didn’t know what it was to be bored, we were just happy... just happy to have what we had and, like, if you got something to eat you were delighted, you know, and cake or… that was great …

So, lower expectations?

Yeah, lower expectations exactly,


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Childhood, Relative deprivation



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