Saturday, 2 August 2008

Outrage on every page

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a journalist from The Daily Mail who was writing a piece on The Hamptons social housing and the furore sparked off by the whole curfew issue. Despite the fact that he writes for The Mail (free outrage with every issue) I gave him 20 minutes of my time on the phone to talk through the issues surrounding The Hamptons debate.

The article has now appeared (pages 42-43) in today's paper and contains a healthy amount of the more vitriolic reader comments that were posted here on The Worcester Park Blog.

I have two issues with The Daily Mail article. The first being the fact that no credit was given to the Worcester Park Blog for all the comments lifted straight into the finished newspaper article. But hey, my ego can live with that.

The second issue is that most of the comments lifted from The Worcester Park Blog were posted on here anonymously - and many were distinctly tongue in cheek. As I said to the journalist on the phone, I myself am not sure whether the deluge of comments on this blog came from a real cross-section of Hamptons and non-Hamptons residents or just two passionate blog readers exchanging regular electronic insults.

Either way, considerable fuel has been poured on the flames of The Hamptons and Worcester Park has now been painted as a utterly snobbish and intolerant place, which I don't believe it is at all. All the Daily Mail article will ultimately achieve is to provoke the very disharmony that it purports exists on The Hamptons.

You can read the article here. Just don't forget to wash your hands afterwards.

18 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Anonymous said...

No snobbery ?... tsk guess i'll just have to move then lol

I read the artical this morning and did have a lil chuckle realising that this was no master piece of journalism seeing as the quotes were indeed lifted from here... mine wasn't one of them (I would by shouting plagerism if it were)

It seems a shame that a lot of what was written in pure jest is now portraying WP as some kind of urban war zone.. which it clearly is not..well except for outside KFC.

Perhaps there should have been mention of other parts of WP that have a mixture of private and so called social housing that have no such curfews or any other problem come to that.. no not browning ave...thats unique

NS said...

What piss poor journalism to lift quotes from the comments section of a blog without even attributing it to the proper source.

Not that I expect anything less from the Daily Lobotomy.

Adrian Short said...

The only people among whom section 106 agreements are "controversial" are property developers who would be far happier enjoying all their planning gain rather than sharing some part of it with the rest of the community.

Separate social housing provision within a larger project happens at the preference of the developer, not at the request of the law. If a developer wants to integrate social housing (and other tenures) within the main project so that it is indistinguishable from the other dwellings, they can. Some do, many don't.

Anonymous said...

There is no better rag than the mail, at least not for wiping my arse

Amy of Boscombe Road said...

Aww that's really sad, God love the Mail! I couldn't read it all, was far too ridiculous but it just goes to show how silly that 'news' paper really is. Shame they ripped you off.

Anonymous said...

Dear WP Blogger

I often view your blog. It seems such a shame that you decided to speak to the press. Unfortunately now The Hamptons has received even more bad publicity and this does very little to help bring social harmony to the area.... fuel to fire would spring to mind....

Worcester Park said...

Well, be fair - the article was being run anyway and I was just one of several people who 'spoke to the press', so you can hardly blame me for the content of the article! At least I did try to add a little balance to the picture (no doubt they would have quoted the comments on the blog regardless).

Anonymous said...

Well....social harmony is far off from what has happened here. I live at the bottom of boscombe road, and ive seen more police cars this month drive into the new housing, than ive seen in my entire life before they were built. So whoever says that the houses haven't created a social problem in the area is talking absolute rubbish! All these estates do is concentrate the criminality rather then have it dispersed over the whole area!

Its a disgrace. My new family and myself will be moving as soon as mr darling gets his magic 8 ball back off his kids and decides what to do about stamp duty.

Anonymous said...

What happened to your old family?

rob_browning said...

God bless the hamptons, the residents hate each other and everybody hates them, even the Daily Mail thinks their houses are weird. Their article mentions the 400 odd houses on the estate. And the mail also had to correct spelling mistakes by the so called middle class Hampton resident who couldn't manage to spell calibre.

Middle Class snob from the Hamptons said...

I have tried to leave several comments on the mail web page comments section all of which have been removed by the spineless morons who run the daily mail. Hopefully my old trusty WP Blog will allow me to rant on! The problem is 4 children who cause 90% of the trouble, the police know who they are, the residents know who they are and im sure their parents dont give two hoots about them so I suggest we "make sutton safer", as the idiots at the council keep telling, me by moving them all to an area more worthy of their social status - Wallington. They'll be welcomed with open arms!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Wallington is similar to Worcester Park, parts of it are lovely with huge Victorian houses and big semis next to areas or roads full of pikey chavs. Surely the best area would be the bottom of the Sutton high street towards Benhill and St Helier. The areas and population are directly proportional to the gradient of Sutton high street, the further you go down hill so does the quality of the individuals who frequent the area.

rob_browning said...

Is middle class snob too right wing even for the Daily Mail? Their comments must have been vitriolic indeed for the Mail to have removed them. Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked

Middle Aged Knob from the Hamptons said...

Middle Class snob talks so much sense, I love when they rant it gives me immense sexual pleasure. Oops am I allowed to say that?

Anonymous said...

This article has really made me mad, I actually live in the shared ownership section of The Hamptons and work bloody hard to pay my mortgage, unlike the freeloaders on benefits that the article refers to, we should not all be tarnished with the same brush everyone in my block is a keyworker, vital to the community.

Anon said...

Anyone remember the great two Ronnies sketch with John Cleese?This blog reminds me of it. 40% rate tax payer looks down on average earner, while average earner looks down on unemployed. It's poignantly touching.

The Parkerilla said...

I've just managed to read the Daily Mail article right through for the first time, I've dipped into the badly written and brain-destroyingly dull piece before but have never managed to get through it without dropping into a coma.
My take on it is this. Its no big deal. If you live in Worcester Park you know its a load of made up b*llocks. If you dont live in Worcester Park you dont care. End of story.

Anonymous said...

Most useful reading, thanks for the warning about the police cars Anonymous, I was thinking of moving to your road, now decided it is a no-no. What a shame that a few morons spoil it for decent people. Trouble makers and their families should all the shoved onto the Cambridge estate in Kingston where the police can keep an eye on them. (pref lock them in during hours of darkness!)

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