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(en) Britain, London Class War - Antifa Press Release (16 December 2007) - "bloody stupid johnson"

Date Thu, 27 Dec 2007 21:29:32 +0200

In the pages of Terry Pratchetts 'Discworld' books there is a landscape gardener
known as 'Bloody Stupid' Johnson, a monumentally incompetent mirror of the real
worlds 'Capability' Brown. In a strange example of life imitating art imitating
life, we now have our own Bloody Stupid Johnson, this time masquerading as a
politician. IN the Evening Standard this week he called for public funds to be
directed at church groups in order to counter the increase in violent youth
crime, amongst the joys of boris' ramblings was the revelation that he was as a
child in Camdon a member of a 'gang', in which he would do such antics as: We
used to cycle to the park or to school. We used to walk the streets to buy ice
cream without the slightest fear of being molested (his entire article is here

Now, although we at Class war are impressed with Bloody Stupids stamina- the
ability to cycle from Camdon to Eton School is quite a feat after all! (although
considering the stringent blood screening tests now in place for athletes we
might hestitate before putting his name forward for the 2012 Olympics). we felt
compelled to provide the following reply to the poor dears witterings:
Dear Sir,
Reading Boris Johnsons latest reminiscences one wonders when exactly he managed
to fit his juvenile gang activity in: Was it perhaps during those long summer
holidays down from Eton?, Or maybe he is referring to the jolly japes he got up
to with Darius Guppy and Dave Cameron as members of the Bullingdon Club whilst
at Oxford? (although riding bikes and eating ice cream cornets in the park would
probably conflict with their usual habits of smashing up restaurants and abusing
serving staff). whatever the truth of the matter (and we suspect he has borrowed
a little of his old pals jeffrey archers approach to memory) his priviledged and
exclusive childish antics provide no guide whatsoever to understanding the
pressures facing kids growing up on London's council estates, either in the
early seventies or today.
Johnson appears to believe that 'anti-social behaviour' (and it is interesting
that what counts as 'youthful high jinks' whilst wearing a waistcoat and tails
is worthy of an ASBO if attempted in a hoodie) and juvenile crime can be solved
with a combination of a mini army of pseudo, and real, cops and the channelling
of funds into church based initiatives, who we are expected to believe will
dispense with 'Lee Jasper- style political correctness' and embrace the kids
with some suitably muscular, Jesus inspired, tough love. The reason that so many
young people feel compelled to carry weapons is because of their very realistic
fear that they have of becoming the victims of violent crime. They correctly see
the role of the legions of fake and real bobbies on Londons streets as
controlling and punishing kids rather than in any way protecting them from
crime. Both Protestant and Catholic clergy have had serious problems in the past
when attempting to 'embrace youth'. The idea that just a shake of the tamborine
and a clip round the ear and 'little Johnny' will see the error of his ways and
abandon his uzi for an altar tray and an boys brigade cornet belong in an Enid
Blyton story rather than the considered thoughts of what occasionally claims to
be a serious politician, especially one who aims is to become Mayor of London.
Yours Faithfully,

London Class War
17/12: Antifa Press Release (16 December 2007)
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