Tuesday, 25 August 2009

You have been watching....

Should Chris Grayling, Shadow Home Secretary, switch off his television and go and do something more useful instead? Like actually spending time with people in Moss Side, where gang-related shootings are down 82% and the local academy has been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted?

“We have a growing 'Jeremy Kyle' generation of young men, alienated and drifting without a purpose in life.”
Chris Grayling, The Guardian, 11 February 2008

“But I think many parts of our society no longer know how to bring up children. We live in a country where in many places Frank Gallagher style parenting has become the norm and not the exception. Frank’s kids might have turned out alright but that was more luck than good judgement – and no thanks to him.”
Chris Grayling speech, 14 May 2008

“The Wire used to be just a work of fiction for British viewers. But under this Government, in many parts of British cities, The Wire has become a part of real life in this country too.”
Chris Grayling, The Times, 25 August 2009


Michael said...

Chris Grayling should have a close look at the policies of his own party past & present, before he insults our inner cities.

Wasn't it the great & venerated leader, who said there is no thing as society?

Will 883 said...

...and also today, "violence in our society has become a norm and not an exception".

What a load of tosh. To me that suggests you can't leave your house without getting attacked, which is clearly not statistically true whatever the Daily Mail might say.

Violent crime is of course a huge problem, particularly in some communities, but there is no doubt it is still socially unacceptable. (See tomorrow's response to tonight's West Ham vs Millwall game if you need further proof as to societies continued disgust.)

Bearded Socialist said...

Some top work by Liberal Conspiracy putting Grayling's arguement into a real context:

Also a Quote of the Day:
"Alan Johnson says…
“The connection between The Wire and Chris Grayling’s grasp on the problems of modern Britain is that they’re both fictional.”"