According to the website of my local newspaper, the mayor of Telford & Wrekin has reacted to comments published online and “
has come out fighting against the website for publishing the rebuke.” Come out fighting? Since when is whinging in the local newspaper “fighting”?
I think Councillor Hosken needs to get real. I’ve lived in Telford all of my life, and while that’s not quite as long as the 47 years Councillor Gary Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council member for College ward seems to have spent here, I can confidently say that a large percentage of the remarks made online in satirical websites such as Uncyclopedia and UrbanDictionary are true.
I can get on a bus outside my mum’s on a Friday (my day off work) and take the 30 minute journey to our town centre; by the time I reach the central bus station, the tally of teenage mums will extend beyond my own two hands and I’ll have heard “Telfs” bragging about their incest. I go to McDonalds for my lunch and the queue drags out of the door, chavs dressed in their elasticated bottoms/tracksuits and bling-bling gold chains. One of the many local drug dealers — recognisable by the shifty look on his eye and his constantly ringing collection of mobile phones (“yeah, yeah, I can get that shit for you”) — haunts the back exit while kids truanting from school skulk around smoking their cigarettes thinking they look cool.
Our award winning council spends thousands of pounds erecting traffic lights that people ignore anyway, and yet the borough is the 96th most deprived in England, the 7th in the West Midlands. Three wards in the Borough are within the top 10% of the most deprived in the country. Another 15 wards feature in the worst 10% in England regarding education, training, income, health and disability. (Source)
We have a series of failing schools, whose only hope is that the likes of Thomas Telford pick them up and pump the cash in that they desperately need. Unfortunately, while this improves the school facilities it does nothing for the idiots that attend them, most of whom are spawned from the chavs that are the very core of Telford’s society. The local conservatives tell us that one in three 11 year-olds leave school unable to read, write or count properly and having seen the state of my sister’s schoolwork — and she’s a bright girl — I’m not surprised.
Telford & Wrekin has some of the highest council tax in the West Midlands, having risen 3 times the rate of inflation every year since our current Government came into power. Despite this massive hike in prices — of which I’m grateful to escape having moved out of the T&W borough — services have been dramatically cut back.
In one of Telford & Wrekin’s own reports (The Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Telford & Wrekin 2006):
- Significant proportions of children and young people and adults are misusing alcohol
- Nearly a quarter of men are exceeding safe weekly drinking limits
In Telford & Wrekin, 26% of boys aged 11 to 15 years report drinking at least one alcoholic drink a week – this is significantly higher than the national average (22%). 21% of girls aged 11 to 15 years report drinking at least one alcoholic drink a week. A fifth of all young people aged 11 to 15 years drink once or twice a week and 3% drink every day or almost every day – from this, it has been estimated that at least 330 young people are drinking alcohol daily in Telford & Wrekin.
In addition to this, we give our local scum quad bike days out as “punishment” for terrorising residents of his local estate, vandalism, etc.
If this is the town that Councillor Hosken, Davies and Mr Azam are so proud of, the town that they think think is such a great place to live, then I want some of whatever it is they’ve been smoking… I’m sure it’s available locally.