see Page 8-9 of the reportFor all of Labour's woffle about anti-social behaviour they continue to fund training for graffiti artists to be better graffiti artists.
Extracts from the report:
Hugh Thornberry NCH Director said:
"I am really impressed. What a great piece of work."
Karen Stone NCH Assistant Director said:
"A fantastic representation of ideas of children and young people and their creative skills."
The Spray it ‘n’ Say it Report and DVD is available January 2005.
Spray it ‘n’ Say it Phase 2 is currently being planned by BCF in Partnership with The Haven, LIFT Project at Welsh House Farm.
There is clearly an issue to be tested here. The issue is whether or not the children who have been taught to do graffiti have managed to restrain themselves from doing it in places where it is not wanted and whether over time as a result their behaviour generally is better.
My personal view based upon my experience of people is that if they are taught to do something they are more likely to do it. Furthermore there are very few places where graffiti is wanted. Hence we will end up with more Graffiti.
On Page 9 it talks about extending the project. This in a sense sums up the incompetence of government. They talk about dealing with issues, but another arm of government is frequently working against them.
Underlying all of this we have the issue about the increase in indiscipline in schools from 5% of schools to 9% of schools being poor. This is happening at the same time as bodies like the Children's fund are encouraging children to be illdisciplined and rebel. There is a difference between people being critical in their thinking and encouraged rebellion. Human beings are creatures of habit if you get people to do something habitually they will tend to continue. I am a habitual Jazz Piano Player which means when I see a keyboard I am inclined to play jazz. Training Children to do graffiti gives them a habit of doing graffiti. This is not a habit society as a whole wants.
There is an important issue of how societies are structured here. Many of our statutory (and non-statutory) structures encourage behaviour that is generally unacceptable. This creates a confusing environment for people with mixed messages.