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Under capitalism, spreading the “Christmas spirit” doesn’t come cheap. With wages stagnating at an average of 8% lower than what they were in 2008, and with the costs of food, heating, transport and other basic necessities rising, one million people in the UK are this year expected to be using payday loans to cover the costs of the festive period. Ben Gliniecki looks at the scandal and scourge of payday lenders.