Without wishing to distract you from the hawt news of today, and Tom’s careers advice notwithstanding, Boris’s latest Telegraph column is rather interesting:

If you believe the British press, the youth of today is aimless, feckless and hopeless, addicted to their PlayStations, lacking in respect and lacking in the emotional discipline needed to cope with a big match occasion.

If you believe the politicians, we have a broken society, in which the courage and morals of young people have been sapped by welfarism and political correctness.
And if you look at what is happening at the Beijing Olympics, you can see what piffle that is. Do not adjust your set: that really is a collection of smiling, well-balanced young British people, giving pleasingly self-deprecating accounts of how they have managed to haul in medal after medal after medal.”

As Andrew Sparrow points out, it is a mere month since Boris penned this:

“We either unleash a full-hearted attack on the nannying, mollycoddling, Harriet Harperson hopelessness of our times, or else too many of our children will grow up fat, unhappy, or violent; we will never win Wimbledon, and football will remain a game in which, in Gary Lineker’s immortal words, 22 men run around for 90 minutes and then the Germans win.”

Nevertheless, consistency is not a virtue that Boris has ever laid claim to, and – despite the Olympics being an incongruous focal point for such sociological musings – it’s interesting to see such dissent from the party line.

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6 Responses to Boris: Broken Society Claims Are Piffle

  1. Tom says:

    He reiterated exactly the same sentiments in his World at One interview, so it’s not like he’s being inconsistent, at least not in the last 24 hours.

    Also, I do get the sense that he actually believes this in the light of the Olympics, and has got a bit carried away. Kicking the shit out of Policy Exchange and David Cameron’s PR campaign in the same day is, well, very Boris.

  2. D-Notice says:

    You seem tp have copied the car advert from the Torygraph’s site…

  3. BenSix says:

    *Curses, they’ve seen through my devious plan to gain advertising revenue.*
    Thanks for pointing that out, D-Notice. For some reason I couldn’t see the advert.

  4. Tom says:

    It occurs to me that the last thing that Boris called ‘piffle’ turned out to be true. Cripes. Perhaps Cameron’s right.

  5. Tory Troll says:

    Well evidently Boris agrees with him now


    What a surprise.

  6. […] when he said that ‘the politicians‘ warning of a ‘broken society‘ was ‘piffle‘, […]

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