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“Feral underclass”

Feral underclassSept 6, 2011 – On this morning’s front pages we have a choice between the Guardian on rioting “criminal classes,” and Daily Expressfury” over some judge’s remark that squatters “are not criminals.” The Guardian reports Kenneth Clarke’s comments about a “broken penal system” and “a feral underclass, cut off from the mainstream in everything but its materialism”.

The Express reports a Tory MP saying “I am outraged” (over the judge/squatters).

In newsagents, you can sometimes observe people tutting and/or nodding in response to such “news”. It’s probably advisable to give a wide berth to people who exhibit such reactions.

“What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”Plato, 4th Century BC

Alternative headlines:
• ‘SAME AS 10YRS AGO, SAME AS 100YRS AGO’
• ‘READ A GOOD BOOK INSTEAD’
• ‘MOVE ALONG – NOTHING TO SEE HERE’

Written by NewsFrames

September 6, 2011 at 9:19 am

Posted in Daily Mail, Guardian

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  1. Would we judge all those who grew up in the sixties to be hippies? Or all those who grew up in the 1980s to be punks? Arguably, those were rather ‘feral’ groups of people. Rebellious youth, riots, and indeed crime is not a phenomenon new to this generation of young people, and it’s frank;y ridiculous how older people behave as if it is.

    I agree that ‘SAME AS 10YRS AGO, SAME AS 100YRS AGO’ would have been a far better headline!

    mcneilio1

    September 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    • Yep, and (before hippies) the fighting between Mods & Rockers led to a huge moral panic…

      I enjoyed your piece about the Daily Mail & “good old days” of British Empire:

      http://wp.me/p1Ktyf-1C

      NewsFrames

      September 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      • Not to mention the ‘teddy boys’ of the 1950s. If that isn’t a ‘feral’ movement, with ‘decaying morals’ (racially motivated violence, intimidation and gang culture) then I don’t know what is!

        And thankyou!

        mcneilio1

        September 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm


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