The Jeremy Kyle Generation

Reproduced below are the words of Tony Blair, responding to claims that British society is in morale decline (copied from an article in The Guardian).

The big cause is the group of alienated, disaffected youth who are outside the social mainstream and who live in a culture at odds with any canons of proper behaviour. And here’s where I simply don’t agree with much of the commentary. In my experience they are an absolutely specific problem that requires a deeply specific solution.

The left says they’re victims of social deprivation, the right says they need to take personal responsibility for their actions; both just miss the point. A conventional social programme won’t help them; neither – on its own – will tougher penalties.

The key is to understand that they aren’t symptomatic of society at large. Failure to get this leads to a completely muddle-headed analysis of what has gone wrong. Britain as a whole is not in the grip of some general ‘moral decline’.

This is a hard thing to say, and I am of course aware that this too is generalisation. But the truth is that many of these people are from families that are profoundly dysfunctional, operating on completely different terms from the rest of society, either middle class or poor.

This is a phenomenon of the late 20th century. You find it in virtually every developed nation. Breaking it down isn’t about general policy or traditional programmes of investment or treatment.

The agenda that came out of this was conceived in my last years of office, but it had to be attempted against a constant backdrop of opposition, left and right, on civil liberty grounds and on the basis we were ‘stigmatising’ young people.

After I’d left, the agenda lost momentum. But the papers and the work are all there.

Wasn’t Tony Blair our elected Prime Minister in the late 20th Century? It was his job to do something about it, rather than glorifying chav culture like it was an amusing joke.

These “alienated disaffected youth … living in a culture at odds with any canons of proper behaviour” are his creation. They have grown up in a culture of state funded hand-outs that rewarded teenage pregnancies and self-inflicted unemployment with free houses and benefits.

Who should we blame for the work-shy feral youths that roam the streets like they own them, spreading lawlessness and intimidation in their wake? Who was the catalyst for the Jeremy Kyle generation? Who nurtured these profoundly dysfunctional families?

Look in the mirror Blair!

Phone "hacking" my arse

I can’t believe the furore over the claims that certain tabloid journalists engaged in what has been ludicrously termed as “phone hacking”. It has even led to the resignation of Andy Coulson, the now ex-Director of Communications at No.10.

The quotes that are coming out of some people are astonishing:

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, speaking on Sky News, said: “Hacking into people’s phones is illegal. Obviously the criminal law has got to be complied with and if it is broken then it should be investigated by the police and it should be enforced.

Gordon Brown has asked the police to investigate whether he was the victim of phone hacking, The Independent on Sunday has learnt. Mr Brown has written at least one letter to the Metropolitan Police over concerns that his phone was targeted when he was Chancellor, during the latter stages of Andy Coulson’s reign as editor of the News of the World.

Mr Brown and Mr Blair are the most senior political figures to be linked to the phone-hacking scandal. In September, The IoS revealed that Lord Mandelson’s mobile-phone details and an invoice for research on him were among files seized by police investigating illegal activity by NoW reporters when Mr Coulson was editor. Other Labour figures understood to have been targeted include Lord Prescott, David Blunkett, Tessa Jowell and Chris Bryant.

Now let’s be clear about what this “phone hacking” actually means.

When you setup your mobile account you are generally provided with a voicemail service by your mobile operator. You normally press the voicemail button or dial the voicemail service to listen to your messages, but there is also usually another number you can dial from any phone which allows you to listen to your messages if you don’t have your mobile handset with you.

Obviously when you call from another phone the voicemail service needs to authenticate you in some way, so it does this by asking you to input your secret PIN, much in the same way that you enter your secret PIN when you withdraw cash from a cash machine.

The mobile networks have a default PIN for voicemail accounts and you are prompted to change it the first time you use the voicemail service. Now if you elect not to change your PIN and leave it as the default code, then anyone will be able to listen to your messages. THIS IS NOT HACKING!

Hacking would imply something more involved than simply knowing a persons mobile number and the default voicemail PINs of the UK mobile networks.

The idiot ‘victims’ of this voicemail story should be embarrassed more than anything else. Anyone who is stupid enough to leave their voicemail PIN on the default setting without changing it to something secret is an imbecile, particularly those in the public eye who have something to hide.

Man or Mouse?

In case it wasn’t immediately obvious by reading the contents of this site, I am the sort of person who tends to complain when something annoys me. I don’t go out of my way to castigate random members of the public, but I do take exception to deliberately anti-social behaviour, particularly from kids who seem to revel in Chav culture.

I have noticed an alarming increase in violent assaults recently:

» BBC: Man sought over chip row stabbing
» BBC: Student dies in racist axe attack
» BBC: Man loses eye after bottle attack

“A man who was attacked by a gang of youths after his friend complained about a bike left in the middle of a pavement, has lost an eye.”

I have complained at kids before for leaving their bikes strewn across the pavement, or when they stand on street corners and try to intimidate local residents, but is it worth risking my eye or life to do this again?

The answer is no, I will no longer get involved. I have given up the fight for decency, from now on I’m a mouse. This is a depressing admission.

Squeak

A few weeks ago I was running in a public park and was forced to hurdle over a dog lead because the dog walkers didn’t have the common decency to move aside. I made a passing remark about their behaviour (I wasn’t rude or abusive), which resulted in their throwing a glass bottle at me! What is provoking supposedly ordinary people to overreact in such a violent manner?

*squeak*

Idiot Tax

Michael Carroll

A middle-aged woman from County Limerick in Ireland has won £77 million (€112 million) in the EuroMillions Lottery (the jackpot sum was accumulated through nine rollovers).

How can this be obscene payout be justified? I have no moral objections to the National Lottery, if the great unwashed choose to throw their money away on this Idiot Tax then I won’t stand in their way. The Lottery donates money to many good (and not so good) causes as well as making thick people millionaires, but this latest payout has gone too far.

Her son Dean commented: “I don’t plan to sit around the house and get fat. I am going to be a bricklayer like my dad and I intend to finish my apprenticeship and get my qualifications.

His mother has £77 million in the bank and he wants to pursue a career in bricklaying? Oh perlease!

The anti-social and lawless antics of £10 million lottery (and ASBO) winner Michael Carroll (pictured) have been a regular feature in the tabloids since his win in 2002.

It’s time these payouts were capped before we give one of the idiots so much money they do something dangerous on a huge scale. There is a very good reason why stupid people aren’t rich – it’s called natural selection. We are messing with nature and should beware of the consequences!