In Which The Progressives Do Another 180…

Archie Bland, deputy editor of the ‘Indy’ on the Paris Brown affair:

… no one had thought to check on the hapless girl’s Twitter account, but the Mail on Sunday did, had a look through it, and alighted upon a “torrent of foul-mouthed rants” from which it constructed a front page. And now Paris Brown has had to resign.

Some of the tweets are awful. Then again, this is the stream of a teenager’s consciousness, not a policy platform; I said all kinds of stupid things when I was that age, and I am enormously grateful that none of them are on the permanent record. No such luck for Ms Brown.

…at some point, if we want to have anyone unrobotic in public life at all, we will have to get used to the idea that a teenager’s tweets are roughly as substantial and indicative of character as her shouts in the playground; we will have to realise that the real blame in circumstances such as these should be placed not on the hapless teenager, but on the incompetent grown-ups who let her be humiliated.

Any of her peers with hopes of being taken seriously would be well advised to keep their beaks shut.

Joanna Moorhead, CiF columnist on family life:

… she did what every teenager in Britain does: she posted stupid messages on Twitter (actually that’s not a misdemeanour limited to adolescents; I know plenty of fiftysomethings who do it too).
Anyway, Brown’s Twitter messages came back to haunt her. Worse, the police decided to investigate whether she had committed a criminal offence. And so, before she’s even started her job, she’s stepped down.

The world of adults, if it’s going to interface properly with the world of 21st-century teens, is going to have to grow up a bit. When we were kids our stupid, thoughtless transgressions were committed in a space that was here today and gone tomorrow. That’s not how it is for people like Brown and my daughters: what they do can stain their record forever.

But the adults of the world have got to be bigger than that. We’ve got to find a way to give teenagers what we ourselves were given – a second chance.

Look, progressives, could you please make your minds up? Either you want rigorously enforced speech codes for ‘racist and homophobic language’ or you don’t. You don’t get to demand it for those you despise (whether they verbally express those views or are merely assumed to hold them) and then turn around and start shrieking about how they don’t matter so much because your ox is being gored.

That ain’t how the game is played.

5 comments for “In Which The Progressives Do Another 180…

  1. Johnnydub
    April 13, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Julia, I disagree…

    It’s totally how the game is played. It’s a set of tools that they can use to demonise their enemies on demand.

    Look at the way that they are all for “women’s rights” and miss no opportunity to denigrate White middle class men etc.. and yet are strangely quiet when it comes to the way women are treated on the Muslim world.

  2. Nick
    April 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Hyprocrisy is a lefty way of life. It’s what they are. One for them, another for the rest. What’s really funny is they refuse to acknowledge this is how they think.

  3. Penseivat
    April 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    “this is the stream of a teenager’s consciouness, not a policy platform: I said all kinds of stupid things when I was that age.” My wife, at that age, was a nurse in the WRAF, based in Singapore but treating dying and injured from the Borneo conflict. Just because someone is 18 years old, does NOT mean that they all have to act in such a feral manner. They may do so today because there is no discipline anywhere, in the home, in the schools, and certainly not in the community. No one has anyone looking over them and saying, “You can’t do that.” This silly, immature, girl (despite her age, she is still a girl, not a woman) should never have even been considered for a non-post, especially one at the taxpayer’s expense. One wonder’s just what is the connection betwee Paris Brown (the Christian name is a giveaway regarding the suitability of the girl) and the lady who gave her the post? No one has come out of this with any credibility, especially the PCC. If a youth PCC is still required, look at the nearest military camp where the ieal person will no doubt be found.

  4. mona
    April 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Its all a game, who cares what a young girl has to say about anything, leave her alone, the police commissioner is a Common Purpose stooge, the whole thing is a storm in a eggcup.

  5. amfortas
    April 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Some young people may make mistakes they regret and can, sometimes, correct, but that is a whole lot different from other young people who are plain stupid and shoot their mouths off all the time to get attention. They seldom make correction or recompense and continue in that vein until they have finnaly croaked it at 80 having left havok in their wake.

    I am with Penseivat on this.

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