A video showing a woman eating dog mess has been launched in protest…Another campaign against dog fouling?
Oh, no. Something a little more squishy and unpleasant:
… against people putting dog fouling before young people's issues.Wha..?
During the three minute film, youth worker Melissa Knight appears to eat dog mess in Mayow Park in front of horrified onlookers.Clearly, the ‘old people’ (we call them adults) don’t think so.
Miss Knight, of Ommaney Road, New Cross, said: “Dog poo takes up a lot of time at local assembly meetings.
“It is an important issue and is horrible but young people are more important than dog poo.”
This is how a representative democracy works, you see; people complain to their councillors about the things they think are important, and those councillors discuss them.
So if ‘young people’s issues’ aren’t being discussed, then the people talking to their councillors don’t think your issues are as important. Sorry. Would some taxpayer’s money help?
Why, yes. I see it would.
Because if anyone other than local and central government is your main source of funds, I’ll eat my hat…
But clearly you think you should get money from the public too:
A group of nine teenagers from Sydenham and Forest Hill Youth Forum (SFHYF) helped to create the video ahead of the charity’s new fundraising campaign.I’m sure it’d be a wise investment.
SFHYF is appealing for people to donate £2 a month where local organisations for young people can then bid for the cash.
Miss Knight, who has worked for the charity since 2008, said: “We really would like people who can afford it to give a couple of pounds a month and make a difference.Hell, I’m sure £2 a month is a small price to pay to enable this charity to employ you to not submit returns and create YouTube videos to hector everyone, Melissa…
“For small organisations it means a secure replenishing pot of local funding which offers a security that their weekly workshops or groups won’t be subject to funding cuts.”
Chairman of Lewisham Council’s children and young people select committee, Councillor John Paschoud, said: “When I talk with young people and persuade them to participate in local assemblies I've heard the same complaint about what people's priorities seem to be, dog poo over creative activities.Yes, it’s certainly made me think twice about the value of ‘youth issues’.
“The Youth Forum's idea of many people subscribing small amounts to create a sizeable fund to support youth activities is a really good one, but it needs publicity and this sort of viral video may be just the thing.”
Though not, I suspect, in the way you might have hoped…