Ms Brown And Mrs Barnes
The British conservative government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, is pretty much like conservative governments anywhere. A thousand words of puff about being tough on public waste while leaving intact tax loopholes for rich friends. And by all accounts the British government in its latest budget is determined to make us swallow an austerity pill. Yes, we know one can’t borrow one’s way out of crushing debt but we sure can inflate our way out of it.
The second item on the agenda of conservative governments is war/crime/war/crime … it’s all the same to them: war without (war) and war within (crime). George Bush epitomised this in recent memory along with the jokers who run Iraq and North Korea; all cut from the same cloth. Youth crime is a big issue here in Britain especially given last year’s riots. So one Police Commissioner, Mrs Ann Barnes, decided to appoint a youth police commissioner to help Kent police tackle youth crime. The new youth czarina is Paris Brown, she’s 17 and earns 15,000 pounds for providing invaluable insight and advice on wily young Britons. This is what our youth police commissioner has got to say on Twitter.
‘I really wanna make a batch of hash brownies.’ (Drugs)
‘Been drinking since half 1 and riding baby walkers down the hall at work oh my god i have the best job ever haha!!’
‘i want to f****** cut everyone around me.’
‘F****** hell why are the people from Direct Pizza so difficult to talk too!! IT IS CALLED ENGLISH. LEARN IT.’
About the male actors in a reality show: ‘Everyone looks like a f****** fag.’
On violence: ‘I don’t condone violence but im so pleased that my brother thumped the fat little ****.’
And my favourite tweet is about herself: ‘im either really fun, friendly and inclusive when im drunk or im an anti social, racist, sexist, embarrassing a****** often its the latter.’
OK,OK I hear she’s only 17. Mmmm, sorry cuts no ice with me. There are people in history who did amazing things by age 17 and dare I say some people today even in Britain. Heck, it was only two weeks ago that an enterprising 17 year old sold an app to Yahoo! that reportedly made him a millionaire (link). If at seventeen one is as clueless and stupid as Paris Brown then one has no business being a police commissioner. If the police condone this behaviour and allow it to stand then what kind of demented society are we building? Isn’t that just saying to kids, “hey, be racist, be homophobic, be a bully and we’ll pay you for it!”?
Ms Brown’s boss, the ridiculously naive 67 year old Ann Barnes and Kent Police Commissioner has fended her appointee: ‘There is no way I would think of removing her from her post and I am sure Paris will learn from this mistake and be able to move forward to making a success of the role like I know she will.’ That is insane. Ann Barnes is only out to protect herself and not look like a fool for appointing someone whose anti-social rants were known even before she was appointed.
The only person who’s made a mistake is Mrs Barnes. She should either sack the teenage twerp or resign herself so someone else can.