Sunday, 29 January 2012

Spot The Odd One Out!

Campaigning began this week for Islington’s first-ever Youth Council as 24 candidates aged between 13 and 17 battle it out.
Maybe I’m being unfair. There’s another 12 to go…

21 comments:

Captain Haddock said...

"Maybe I’m being unfair. There’s another 12 to go" ..

I wouldn't say unfair .. touchingly optimistic, perhaps .. ;)

Pavlov's Cat said...

aaaargh the 'vibrancy' it burns

Woman on a Raft said...

Bit mean of them not to give Chloe Bingham a push for her website, since she seems to have shown some enterprise and drive and that is always a good thing.

Here is her manifesto.
http://www.youthspace.haringey.gov.uk/chloe_-_2010.pdf

It doesn't do all that much for her - the 'showcase' section of the website is better.

http://www.youngnpositive.co.uk/#/ycouncil/4559511231

I like her. I hope she doesn't waste her time being someone else's political mascot. She deserves better.

jaded said...

We play a similar game in the briefing room of our station when we see the posters of our boroughs top robbers.

Anonymous said...

Did you read the surname of No 12?

Quiet_Man said...

In 2005, the ethnic make up of Islington was as follows: White British (58.4%); Other White (16.8%); Mixed (4.2%); Asian or Asian British (6.3%); Black or Black British (11.4%); Chinese (2.3%) and other (1.7%)
Something would appear to be slightly out of kilter here even if the other 12 were as white as snow...
Either that or politics just doesn't interest certain ethnic groups...

Barman said...

Poor Elliot doesn't stand a chance...

A salt and battered said...

By far the odd one out is Elliot Colley. The average score is a respectable 27+ whilst he can only manage a dismal 17.

Tattyfalarr said...

"Race is on", indeed. Oh Elliot Colley...tsk tsk kid.

Handed a golden opportunity to slightly pretend to be interested in issues of racial equality...for which he probably would have won hands down...but didn't.

/facepalm

He clearly doesn't know how to play the political game these children are being dragged into and for that alone doesn't deserve to win.

He's better off out of it, frankly. I certainly wouldn't allow one of my children anywhere near something like this.

Anonymous said...

After following that link I felt a strange and sudden urge to play dominoes.

Lynne said...

Tai Oladimeji, 15: Tai is passionate about the arts and wants a more positive representation of young people in the media.

It seems that there is a strain of feral underclass that is positive about the arts too. Unfortunately their urban canvases tend to be other people's property. This only reinforces the negative representation. What do you propose to do about that?

Benjamin Harrison, 16: Benjamin is concerned about crime in Islington. He said: “This is an issue that needs to be seriously addressed.”

How radical. I wonder how come no one else ever came up with such an idea? What will he suggest next? Creating a police force?

Hazera Ali, 16: Hazera is in her first year of college and is worried about youth unemployment. She said: “I will fight for work experience opportunities.”

Fighting for jobs would be more productive. Fighting for a decent education whereby you learn how to think critically would be better.

Chloe Bingham, 15: Chloe is an expert in innovation, running her own website where young Londoners showcase their talent.

I agree with WoaR's comment. This young lady appears to be walking the walk.

Jasmine Martins, 16: Jasmine is also concerned about employment prospects. She said: “I will make a difference by setting up networks.”

I see a glowing future as a political lobbyist.

Kenny Oladimeji, 15: Kenny is Tai’s twin sister and wants to ensure young people are given work experience opportunities to boost their CV.

Work experience is an oxymoron. Two weeks being an unpaid gofer and coffee monitor does not an opportunity make.

Elizabeth Adebodun, 14: Elizabeth wants to tackle the jobs crisis by giving young people skills to set up their own businesses and employ other young people.

Other than selling drugs and fencing stolen goods or as well as?

Honufah Hashim, 13: Honufah is passionate about environmental issues and wants to be taken seriously despite her young age.

Good luck with that.

Innocent Ogunmwonyi, 15: Innocent wants to see more community involvement. He said: “As a youth councillor, I will make sure young people have access to facilities that will help us to grow as a community.”

Perhaps you could persuade the youth to not burgle and/or burn down the facilities first...

Victoria Azubuike, 15: Victoria wants young people to be better equipped for the future. She said: “My motto in life is “Don’t wait for something to happen – make it happen.”

That didn't work too well for Tottenham, did it...

Elliot Colley, 14: Elliot thinks environment, education and safety are most important and that youth should look at life with valour.

Yes, it takes a lot of front to stand on a soap box and wibble on about things you have absolutely no knowledge of.

Misha Blackman, 15: Misha wants to tackle the stereotyping of young people in the media and provide voluntary jobs for young people in the community.

Provide voluntary jobs? You need an organiser to get up off your arse and shop for your elderly neighbour or pick up litter in the street?

Gibby Haynes said...

Ladies and Gentlemen, the end game of multiculturalism.
By the way, I'd pay good money to be there the day Mr. Ogunmwonyi is in court, being charged with...whatever, and for him to say, 'But your honour, I'm Innocent!' Good money.

blueknight said...

What's the betting that the 'lucky' candidate will feature on one of your future blogs.

Captain Haddock said...

"Kenny Oladimeji, 15: Kenny is Tai’s twin sister" ..

Err, hello, WTF ?

Dr Cromarty said...

Zulus. Thousands of them.

Captain Haddock said...

"By far the odd one out is Elliot Colley. The average score is a respectable 27+ whilst he can only manage a dismal 17" ...

I bet you know just how he feels ..

Remind me again, a "dismal" 65, if I remember correctly, eh, Melvin ? ..

Anonymous said...

@ haddock

Blurred vision does not usually improve by looking at your screen through the bottom of an empty glass.

andy5759 said...

Nine females to three males? Surely you mean the odd three out. I agree with Tattyfarlar; I would strongly advise any child to keep as far away as possible.

Captain Haddock said...

@ Anon ..

C'mon Melvin ..

People - Glass houses - Stones ..

Know what I mean ?

JuliaM said...

"I wouldn't say unfair .. touchingly optimistic, perhaps .. "

I think I must be!

"I hope she doesn't waste her time being someone else's political mascot."

I wouldn't give much for her chances...

"He clearly doesn't know how to play the political game these children are being dragged into..."

No, and I think that's quite refreshing.

"...I'd pay good money to be there the day Mr. Ogunmwonyi is in court, being charged with...whatever, and for him to say, 'But your honour, I'm Innocent!' Good money."

Heh!

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