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In a BBC Documentary about Brexit, an interviewee stated his reason for voting out as following:
We are giving to some of the eastern Europeans who come in here at that time. they have more priority than I did. I was standing in the queue. and they said, sorry, there is nothing we can do for you. These guys who have just come in with nothing from another country. Yes by all means help them, but I was basically waiting for someone to do something.
And I never had nothing.
(BBC 2016 Why We Voted Leave: Britain Speaks. see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7kjg4nXsYA after 07 min 19 sec)
It seems to me in this context that "I never had nothing" is same as "I never had anything". But double negation should make affirmation. How could they two be the same?