After spending a few days recovering from the shock of encountering black people for the first time, ‘Lost Me’ affects a withdrawal from his self-identified enormous skills and knowledge bank to find the necessary inner resources to carry on with the experiment,
‘It’s scary to have people scream around you and be nuts… It’s like being in a different country’, he whispers to a secret prat cam in his digs. Presumably he hasn’t yet graduated to the VIP room at Tramp.
Having survived ten days of residence in our borough which is ‘on a par with
‘I’m a great believer in the broken window theory — the idea that if you can solve the small problems then the big problems take care of themselves.’
Errr, I think that’s Dr Phil theory. Isn’t broken window theory the one where you fix a window straight away so it doesn’t look like you’re begging to have all the others broken? Never mind.
My question is this - why are we still putting up with the relentless Oprahfication of public responsibility? You take one idiot with money who knows absolutely nothing about anything and get him to mess with young people’s heads for no other reason than to make a television programme and massage his already over-attended ego.
It’s a complete fallacy that there is no money around to help young people. The sector is awash with money. Youth clubs like the Pedro are usually refused funding because they can’t demonstrate that they are financially responsible or able to provide activities that meet even a basic standard of good quality. Believe me, the bar isn’t that high. Clubs like this stay open and limp along because they are better than nothing at all, most of the time. They are also a waste of young people’s time and the public’s money because all they do is reinforce the idea that there is nothing in the world that is stimulating.
The worst thing about this programme is that ‘Lost Me’ tells a lie about his background to secure his position in the youth club and the ethical balance is supposed to be restored by the dispensing of largesse. Someone left their moral compass in their other Ferrari.
Last time I looked, you needed to carry out a police check to work with young people. ‘Lost Me’ may have committed a criminal offence as may the senior youth worker who didn’t know the background of someone he engaged as a volunteer youth worker having one-to-one contact with potentially vulnerable young people.What does this say about the wealthy classes and their attitude towards the less well off? That, no matter how fake they are, they fully expect the poor to take them at their word. Just one more question – where were all our shooters when we really needed them? Come back Class War – all is forgiven.
Cartoon from www.synergizedsolutions.com