The world is moving too fast, and I want to get off, now I was never a Dandy reader, Beano was my thing – but I mourn it’s passing, as it’s yet another ‘adultisation’ of childhood, in a week where it’s come out that scouts aren’t allowed to have campfires and need veggie meals so they don’t offend people and lights so they don’t trip over guide-wires it just seems like the world I knew as a child, not that long ago is disappearing.
Not that long ago I remember being a Beano reading cub scout, allowed to play with fire, shoot, skin, gut and then cook rabbit (let alone mention sausages!), clambering around a chinook cargo net suspended 8 feet above the ground from trees without helmets, safety lines or any other PC nonsense. If you fell or burned yourself that was a lesson learned… one somehow feels that today kids are going to reach ‘proper’ adulthood and then all die, hit by buses and burned to death because they’ve never actually been able to experience anything without a cotton wool wrapping before.
I’m sorry if this sounds harsh, but this has annoyed me: Family campaigns for rail safety. What? As if the fences, gates, big signs saying do not trespass on the railway, danger trains & danger high voltage electricity signs, plus all of the thousands of posters, television and radio adverts plus in school education… aren’t enough?!
It’s very simple Railways are *DANGEROUS* – trains are heavy chunks of metal moving at great speed normally powered by electricity that’s either an obvious third (or indeed third and fourth) rail or by overhead cantary wires? – I mean it’s obvious it’s dangerous, so why is it every time some kid is (tragically – and it is tragically) killed do you always get a flood of calls for better safety? It’s very simple… stay off and away from the railway: you wouldn’t hear a call for ‘greater safety’ if a kid got killed by taking a shortcut across 8 lanes of the M25 moving at 70mph as a shortcut, so why is it every time this happens on the railways the families react as if it’s the train companies fault? Do you honestly think they don’t do more because they enjoy picking up pieces of teenager? If people were a taught a little bit more responsibility, they’d perhaps think before acting and not end up in as much trouble?
I’m really on my high horse about this one, I mean they’re calling for all third rail systems to be replaced with overhead wires, perhaps forgetting the billions of pounds and years of work it would take to do this, in this day and age it always seems to be someone elses fault, it couldn’t possibly be because you omitted to tell your child not to take ridiculous shortcuts that take her across a busy railway?! – Take responsibility for crying out loud, yes it’s tragic: but don’t expect the world to change around you.
This is so symptomatic of the problem that is crippling the UK at the moment, no one understands the value of responsibility, it’s all great fun till somebody loses a bollock and then the world cries blue murder, and what’s annoying is we’ve seen it all in the past couple of weeks, the war cry of ‘we didn’t know’ seems to be a cover-all that indemifies practically everyone from taking responsibility for things that they either should have known about, or at least should have thought about.
The Met really should get a better communications consultancy, as the timings of their releases and general handling of the press sucks arse: yet another example of this has come to light this week, in a week when relations between the Muslim community and the Met is probably at an all time low it’s come to light that a report has highlighted that Muslim (especially Pakistani Muslim) officers in the Force are more likely to be corrupt than their white counterparts: now the fact that the report has been compiled by a high profile Asian (although I’m not sure whether he’s Muslim) officer should have given the report some credibility from the background of the Met only having recently been labeled institutionally racist, but in the light of last weeks raid in East London now might have been a good time to apply some strategic communications strategy to at least appear as if you’re not out and out goading the community to go to war with the force?
Obviously people have leapt to the usual sound-bites of racism, perhaps to afraid to actually consider that the report might be true, which is worrying, to often now people leap to the defence of the indefensible on the assumption that no matter if it’s right or wrong it’s racist/sexist/or any other *ist to mention it. This strikes me as ridiculous, in just the same way that we’re now in a society that’s openly tolerating “positive” discrimination (i.e. it doesn’t matter if he/she or it is any good at what they actually do, they just fit the racial, sexual, gender, disability profile we need). Society needs to be yanked back on it’s leash, and needs to take this social PC bullshit seriously, when problems, disadvantages and home truths are being swept under the carpet just because people are afraid of speaking out means that we’ve lost the freedoms that have in the past been denied to the very people (and I speak as a member of a minority) who over the years have had their freedoms and rights curtailed.