Monday, 30 June 2008

Mirror Mirror on the ball....

At last a more informed report on The Hamptons curfew - courtesy of the Daily Mirror. Finally someone has cottoned on to the fact that this is really about good old fashioned snobbery and class divisions:

"It's like a prison and it's not fair. I can't even play with my friends on the field behind our house. It's so frustrating, especially when we see posh kids out playing." sniffed one of the poor kids.

For a slightly more predicatable right-wing demolition of the curfew story, check out the podcast of this morning's breakfast show from Nick Ferrari on LBC 97.3 here.

20 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Anonymous said...

Well I don't know if it's the same Jack as the one in the Mirror article but there is a lad in social housing of that name and unfortunately he's the one that gives the rest of the social part a bad name.

The proverbial "bad apple" of the bunch.

Anonymous said...

If you read the rest of today’s mirror, it’s full of stories of anti social behavior and the latest teen to be stabbed to death in the capital. It all comes across a bit hypocritical.
There are too many parents today who don't know where their kids are at night and don't care. Yes I hate to see rules enforce on people but kids do need boundaries. I think the rule here is quite reasonable and should work quite well where bad parents fail their kids.
Also reading the facts, this rule has been brought in by the housing association and has nothing to do with so called posh side of the estate enforcing rules on the poor side as suggested by the mirror.
I do think it should be adopted by all the people on the estate as bad parenting has nothing to do with how well off you are.

Anonymous said...

Jack seems to be the only Hampton resident who can speak out against the curfew. He is 13 years old and can express his feelings of frustration and injustice very well. If he is the proverbial "bad apple" because he doesn't play the game, he would be in good company with Jesus.

Worcester Park said...

Absoultely. And if he's allowed out he can walk to the top of the 'viewpoint' in THe Hamptons and deliver the sermon on the mount...

Anonymous said...

Worcester Park needs a saviour. What will they do about his followers? They will have to form groups of 4 and be indoors by 9pm, the curfew must be against their religious beliefs.

The Brinkster said...

If Jack's like Jesus then I'd be willing to see him walk across the lake!

"He's not the Messiah! He's a very naughty boy!!"

Anonymous said...

Hey big nose, Jack could walk on the lake but he is not allowed.

Next thing we know there will be stonings in the amphitheatre

Anonymous said...

Be they Hampton residents or not, private or social, no one can deny the growing number of groups of youngsters hanging around WP. one could be forgiven for thinking that some of them are 'gangs' whilst others are merely 'kids hanging out' but walking past or through a bunch is usually not a pleasant experience. Be they Jack and his mates or Tarquin and his chums makes no difference, kids of today congregate, knowing they are intimidating and doing nothing to dispel this image. Perhaps an enforced curfew is a little heavy handed, but if all parents took a bit more responsibilty and laid down the law to their kids to get them indoors at a reasonable hour anyway, we would not have this problem. Society in general is going to the dogs, and we need to put the brakes on the steady decline into lack of respect and responsibilty, the growing drink and drug culture and lawlessness, and if a we are getting into such a state over a bit of a sensible home time for kids there is no hope for us at all. If anything, the so called posh kids parents should be making the same kinds of rules to their kids too, without there having to be an imposed curfew. Old fashioned values some say, yes but at least we could walk the streets without fear, and also know your kids were safe.

Anonymous said...

Boring!

Anonymous said...

can only guess you must be Jack

Anonymous said...

I think the report in the Mirror was very biased. So every family living in the social housing is poor & every family living in the private part is rich? No, I don't think so!! If the people with children living in the social housing side have a problem with the curfew, why choose to live there? I understand that this rule has been in the tenancy agreement from day one. You can't agree to take on a new property then bitch about the rules! Is 9pm an unreasonable time to be home - for most parents, i think that they would agree that it is reasonable. Far from living in a prison like the quote in the mirror. Just another one sided story that is reported in the British media....

Anonymous said...

I think it's outrageous. £97 a week for a house!

I'm on a decent wage and there's no way I could afford to live in the Hamptons.

If these residents don't like the rules, they can move. I'll happily live there in their place.

Anonymous said...

£97 a week for one of those town houses in the Hamptons and she's a train driver which means she earns more than I do, in fact probably more than most readers of this blog. Its a nice life for some.

Anonymous said...

I read this article with sadness after visiting and staying in Worcester Park a lot of times over the years. Now I see the middle/lower middle class have finally gone insane. To much notice taken of the news, and all our problems come from the poorer classes. Well wake up and smell the coffee, rich kids can be just as bad or even worse in fact. Not all kids are hell bent on destruction. Please put things in perspective and grow up is my message to the nimbeys.

Anonymous said...

Wait 'til Jack turns 15 there's no curfew then. OOH you should be scared.

Anonymous said...

you lot going on about a 13 year old kid yes kid! you got to grow up and get a life instead of sitting in hiding on the internet talking about a 13 YEAR OLD BOY! like he is some kind of gangster grow up people!

Anonymous said...

I am one of Jack's neighbours and I have always found him to be a nice, polite boy.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the two messages above. I also know Jack and I live in the Hamptons and have always found him to be polite and friendly. He certainly does not deserve the comments given by an anonymous blogger. Surely if you had such a problem with him you could go and speak to his parents to sort out your issues like an adult, rather than 'slag off' a 13 year old child on the internet!!! (anonymously!!)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that comment Jack

Bigboy said...

Where's Captain America?

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