A little part of Haringey in Wales!!!


....is the title of the beyond-satire Cllr. Emma Jones' latest blogging effort. Dear Emma is a hippy at heart, born after her time. She writes about Haringey's outward-bound centre in Pendarren, Wales, to which lucky Haringey schoolkids get taken briefly to escape the lung-choking fumes generated by Labour Haringey and Luddite TfL's combined mis-management of traffic in these parts.

Once upon a time, outward-bound centres let active urban kids blow away the cobwebs, see Nature in all her glory and generally see that there is (a better) life beyond the fried chicken outlets of West Green Road. But not any more! Give Emma a piece of the outdoors and a bunch of kids and she wants to put them indoors. Or within 'flaps' to be more precise. Here's what Emma says: "We discussed some quite exciting developments for the site, including the purchasing of a tipi (sic) to be located in an open space in the wood, in which a professional storyteller will perform for the young people, hopefully inspiring their own writing which is also done on the trip."

Is this just pretentious and culturally-insensitive New Age claptrap or what? 'Professional Story-teller?' Give me a break! Half the kids in Haringey already think that black slaves picked cotton in the fields of Lancashire. Give Emma the chance and they'll be thinking that Red Indians were the victims of British genocide in the Welsh Valleys! And if Haringey Council (of which Emma is so proud) could be bothered to teach its kids to read then they wouldn't need someone to read the stories TO them, they could read a book themselves with a torch after lights out! Lashings of ginger beer, anyone?

3 comments:

David Allen said...

As Richard Littlejohn would say: 'You couldn't make it up!' Why does she write a blog when she clearly has so little self-awareness she can't see how absurd she is? And, I know she really IS a schoolteacher, but did she have to choose a pic which makes her look so prissy and schoolmarmish? Yes, I know I am being cruel, but then I am a local council taxpayer and we are paying her £8k - £10k a year to write this self-congratulatory twaddle!

Norfolk Blogger said...

Justin, you are coming aver a bit rabid.

Professional stry tellers can be quite superb, if they are good. I teach, and all my class can read, but even a munch of street wise 12 year olds were impressed when we had a story teller in a few weeks ago at school and their writing and ideas did improve.

David Allen said...

Hello NB, I think the storyteller bit could pass _ it's the teepee that cracks me up. And Haringey is home to THE worst school in London and several more amongst the worst....