Friday, February 23, 2007

Hoody-hugging


A classic picture splashed over today's papers - the Sun has the caption, "I suppose a hug is out of the question?"
Perhaps a litle more thoughtfully, Greg Davis, the manager of the estate project in Manchester that everyone's favourite chameleon was visiting said, ""I love that picture," adding that it showed the "stark contrast" between the world of public school-educated Mr Cameron, and that of a state school teenager on an inner city estate.
The individual, or "tagged thug" as the Sun winningly calls him is Ryan Florence. He said, “The only drugs I do are weed and a bit of cocaine, but I don’t tell my mum about that.” Or was that David Cameron....

6 comments:

Ian White said...

Clear proof tagging wont change some people, Lock him up and throw away the key.

The Darlington Tory said...

An odd post Nick,

"Greg Davis, the manager of the estate project in Manchester that everyone's favourite chameleon was visiting said, ""I love that picture," adding that it showed the "stark contrast" between the world of public school-educated Mr Cameron, and that of a state school teenager on an inner city estate".

If you believe this idiocy Nick, you have missed the point as it says to me that after 10 years of a New Labour Government, it says to me that you and your party have sold out those you purport to represent, to wit, the vulnerable and the working class.

Your party has created an underclass that is fully dependent on the state, where Nick is the aspiration for these young people, where is the education, where is the sense of being a useful member of society.

It is not just in the inner cities it is here in Darlington.

Your glib and flipent post shows more than a lack of thought as to the causes of this rather sad state of affairs.

Dave

ian holme said...

whilst critical of much the local labour party has done, the "darlington tories" blaming all of societies ills on labour nationally is plainly ridiculous.

lets just remember Thatchers famous quote "there is no such thing as society",,,,,,,,
says it all really.

Remember the riots of the early eighties, who was in power then?

who saw record unemployment, social exclusion and the greed at all costs culture.

No, this government may be guilty of many errors, but these rose tinted memories of a tory past must not go unchallenged

Darlington Councillor said...

Braodly I agree with Ian. Dave - the term underclass became a source of debate in 1990 by Charles Murray in his book "The Emerging British Underclass". In it he talked about crime, illegitimacy and unemployment (resonates doesn't it) although in his follow-up work in 1994 he focussed entirely on what he saw as the breakdown of the family as the cause of a burgeoning underclass here.

Many books and articles have been written about what the underclass is, if it exists at all outside the foetid imagination of Daily Mail leader writers. In my opinion, the 18 years of Tory misgovernment, characterised by high unemployment, persistent poverty, and endemic crime in some of our most vulnerable communities, still resonates today. Sure Labour has been in for 10 years, but turning round the mess the Tories allowed to flourish has taken a while.

miketually said...

"As we took about five or six steps, one of them did a gun gesture," he said.

"I would have been more surprised if he had not done that," he said.

"There was always going to be some kind of catcall or wolf whistle - as it happens, that is the gesture of the moment."

Mr Davis said he turned round to look at Mr Florence, who immediately put his hand down, out of respect for someone from the estate "which, funnily enough, is what David Cameron is trying to get across".

"I love that picture," he said, saying it showed the "stark contrast" between the world of public school-educated Mr Cameron, and that of a state school teenager on an inner city estate.


Putting Mr Davis' quote more into context make it come across a little differently.

Full story on BBC website

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