Sunday, 29 June 2008

Hamptons Caught

The BBC News Channel have filmed a report on The Hamptons curfew - if you don't mind sitting through 20 minutes of Konnie Huq's moronic squealing then you can watch the news item about Worcester Park here.

If you do mind sitting through 20 minutes of Konnie Huq's moronic squealing then fast forward 9 minutes 30 seconds into the programme, which is when the piece on The Hamptons starts.

16 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Adrian Short said...

What an insipid piece of non-journalism. Where is the balance? The only people they managed to interview were a resident in favour of the curfew and a man from Thames Valley Housing whose only regret was that he couldn't extend the curfew to the private residents.

Could they really not find a single resident prepared to oppose the curfew, even one from the private housing if the housing association tenants are too cowed to speak out?

Perhaps Ms Huq has been taking some lessons in PR from her friends in the Chinese Communist Party.

Anonymous said...

I didn't realise the hamptons was so vast....and that there was that much space in little ol WP!

And I agree, it wasn't a good piece of journalism. I've dealt with TVHA twice and I can say that they are useless.

Worcester Park said...

Well, they did better than BBC Radio 5 Live - despite my explanation on the phone to the researcher that the real story was about the double-standards between the middle-class homeowners and their 'lower ranking' social housing neighbours, they completely missed the point that this is good old-fashioned classism. God forbid that the great unwashed should bother the middle classes in their picket-fenced idylls.

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Anonymous said...

its in the mirror aswell today,

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/topstories/2008/06/30/poor-kids-on-posh-estate-face-tough-night-time-curfews-89520-20626324/

Anonymous said...

I popped down to the Hamptons yesterday to see what all the fuss was about. I have to say that I doubt a curfew is needed.

The very thought of being out after dark on the set of Stephen King movie would be enough to keep me inside......

Anonymous said...

Hehehe, I totally agree. A friend and I paid a recent visit, on a beautiful sunny day, and there was no-one to be seen anywhere on the estate. It was eerily quiet, and scary enough for us to know that strange things happen in there after dark.

Anonymous said...

oh i love this wp blog - what a typical worcester park storm in a teacup! The housing association residents should all stand outside smoking and their kids too should be playing, then let the awful dictatorial Thames Valley Housing Association take them to court. Some will get legal aid and take the HA on under the Human Rights Act - as this is clearly unlawful behaviour on the pat of the HA, THEY ARE BOUND TO WIN! or the HA will back down. They should not allow this to become a precedent for other estates in the UK. Good old Mirror! Tell you what, let's all go to the estate on Saturday night about ten pm and start smoking and larking about - agreed? And I will give the locals some legal advice.

Anonymous said...

Can I bring my beer?

Anonymous said...

Not if you are travelling on public transport to get there

Anonymous said...

As a social housing resident I did challenge somebody from the residents committe at the hamptons "fun day" about the fact the social residents cannot use the gym, the tennis courts or the community centre. I was told that I was lucky to live on the Hamptons. I was invited to join the residents committe but alas, they have not contacted me yet.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Captain America

Our lanlord i.e. TVHA does apparantly contribute 1000s of pounds towards maintenance etc, one of the things we were told when we had our pre-tenancy interview was that we would be able to use the gym

Anonymous said...

ps I have been told several times us social housing residents are lucky to be housed here, honest, no exaggeration

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Bigboy said...

Exactly, gyms are for losers. A stroll to kfc, waddle to the huntsman then stagger home. A typical chav workout.

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