Debbie Johnson Column: Good v. evil ... our tale of two cities.
Byline: Debbie Johnson
SOMETIMES I get the impression that this city is made up of devils
and angels. In my line of work, over the years I've met a lot of
people - some doing amazingly good things for others, for their
communities, for society as a whole. And others - often in the pleasant
setting of Liverpool magis-trates' court - who seem to be doing
their best to undermine it. I don't think there's another city
in Britain as dedicated to its char-ity - if a kid in a Liverpool street Liverpool Street can refer to:
gets leukaemia, there'll be race nights, cabarets and raffles Raffles
- Liverpool Street station, a major mainline railway station in central London, England
- Liverpool Street, Sydney, an important thoroughfare in the Central Business District of Sydney, Australia
leading Victorian criminal-hero. [Br. Lit.: Herman, 19–20]
See : Thievery until
that child is on his way to Disneyworld. Give us a cause and we'll
rally. If you haven't figured it out yet, they are the angels. On
the other hand, you get the wreckers. The scum who'll beat up an
old lady for pounds 2.50; who'll steal a kid's Christmas
presents from under the tree, who'll stand outside post offices
waiting for pensioners to come out. This week, it was all highlighted to
perfec- ti on by goings-on in Stanley Park. The place suffers from
long-term vandalism The intentional and malicious destruction of or damage to the property of another.
The intentional destruction of property is popularly referred to as vandalism. It includes behavior such as breaking windows, slashing tires, spray painting a wall with graffiti, and things were taken to ex t remes as some delightful
youngsters went on a spree and tore Tore can refer to:
See also: Töre the park up. Among the damage they
caused was the destruction of the goalposts for the Anfield Junior
League: thousands of youngsters play in it and they'd raised the
money to buy their own goals. There was a lot of public-ity and
there'll be a happy end-ing in this particular case but again it
brings me back to the devils and angels here. The damage was in all
likelihood caused by kids. Can someone tell me when a park stops being a
place with swings and grass and a little slice of paradise and, instead,
is just a great big arena for destruction? At what age does that happen?
One of the biggest causes given for this kind of behaviour is there
being "nothing for the kids". But am I the only one to notice
how many times things specifically set up "for the kids" end
up being targeted? I've lost track of the number of stories
I've written that involve vandalism at schools, nurseries, youth
centres, libraries, sports halls. Exactly the types of facilities that
these kids are supposed to want. Steve O'Reilly is one of the
organ-isers of the Anfield Junior League. He and his mates - dads who
wanted to give kids something to do - give endless hours of their time
to run-ning it, to providing something "for the kids". His
thanks, from some of the kids in the area, was a big slap in the face Henry Ate released Slap in the Face in 1997. Track listing
- Tore, Scotland
- Tore (volcano), in Papua New Guinea
It starts to feel like one half of the community is working hard to
build something good, and the other is knocking it down, just for fun.
Why does it happen? I know it's probably just a minority causing
the damage, but that doesn't change what harm is done. Why are some
kids immune to what is on offer, and instead focused on what they can
break? I've been thinking about this (can you hear the cogs These are all the Cogs found in Disney's Toontown Online. Names that are moved forward are leaders of the HQ of that specific Cog type. Bossbots
- "Jesus made me"
- "Hey Mister"
- "Mother Superior"
- "Pandora's Child"
- "Fashionably Large"
- "Waves of Salt"
- "Mr Blue"
- "No Intrusion"
turning?) and I know the usual response is "it's the parents
fault". Well, I think that's right. There are too many parents
out there who are convinced the sun shines out of their kids backsides.
If you complain about their behav-iour, you just get aggression and
threats, and then it becomes easy to see why their children are the way
they are. But where do they get it from? Is it their parents? And their
parents before them? Everyone is eager to say it is - but if you trace
it back a couple of gener-ations, you'll undoubt-edly find a pair
of nice o l d great-grandparents who f oug ht war s, worked hard, and
never wrecked a thing in their lives. They prob-ably went on courting
walks in places like Stanley Park. So it's not that simple.
Something has happened, over the last couple of decades, to change p e o
p l e 's basic behaviour. I think it goes back to the first
generation who experienced mass unemployment. They also happened to be
the first who experienced the wholesale import of heroin heroin (hĕ`rəwən), opiate drug synthesized from morphine (see narcotic). Originally produced in 1874, it was thought to be not only nonaddictive but useful as a cure for respiratory illness and morphine addiction, and capable of relieving into the city,
and the Thatcher government. The genera-tion that first saw itself as
apart from the rest of the world, and decided to act like animals. Even
if we had 100% employment tomorrow and drugs disappeared from the
streets, something has been lost: a work ethic work ethic
- Flunky, Level 1-5
- Pencil Pusher, Level 2-6
- Yesman, Level 3-7
- Micromanager, Level 4-8
- Downsizer, Level 5-9
A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.
a belief in the moral value of work , a belief in the
importance of respect not just for others, but for ourselves. A lot of
work is being done to bring that back. But while most of us are willing
to moan about how terrible the world is not many are willing to do
anything about it. If faced with a gang of 15-year-olds wrecking a park,
would your instinct be to sit down and talk to them, ask them what else
they would like to be doing, try and work it out? Or would it be to
round them up, and shoot the lot of them to save us the trouble of
sending them to jail in three years time? The second isn'tan
option. So we just have to hope that the angels keep the advantage.