Interesting strategy choices from those looking to tackle me old schooly Chris Grayling for his witless, almost Libdemologist, Tory twaddle on broken Britain, boom boom Baltimore, and The Wire. Is the Tory front bench entirely peopled by liabilities, fools, dilettantes, heirs and graces?
Does the country - almost but almost recovered from the last great Conservative slash and burn culture - really need 150 more of these Tory muppets in our parliament?
Former hoopster, and current motivational speaker and social entrepreneur John Amaechi slam dunks the daft coot, suggesting that parts of Baltimore make Moss Side seem like Alderley Edge. Grayling had been stupid - S T U P I D - enough to respond to feedback by sending J.Am a "so what? fuck you!" copy of the driveling speech and to ask for a brisk fisk. He gets it.
Meanwhile Sheila Dixon, current Mayor of the real City of Baltimore takes a slightly different tack with a full court press release:
Mayoral statement on crime
This week I was alerted to a speech made by a Member of the British Parliament, a Mr Chris Grayling, who suggested his country should fear becoming like our city of Baltimore as portrayed in the HBO series, The Wire. We all watched The Wire and while it was sometimes a heart-breaking reflection of reality, it was in the main, merely entertaining fiction.
The television show failed to reflect the best we have in this city, our sense of community, our hospitality and our proud history and culture. To present a television show as the real Baltimore is to perpetuate a fiction that dishonours our city. It is as pointless as boasting that Baltimore has a per capita homicide rate a fraction of that in the popular UK television show Midsomer Murders.
The Baltimore Police Department is working hard to protect the people of this city and it should be remembered that The Wire was just a television show. As this video shows, there is so much more to Baltimore than The Wire.
Mayor Sheila Dixon
City of Baltimore
STOP PRESS: Remake of Channel 4 hit Skins to be made in Baltimore with local teens forming cast. Hat tip: Baltimore Sun tweet.
FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT: This was and is a ramp. Originator it now transpires Alex Hilton of Recess Monkey and Labour Home. Kudos. How the Balti Sun climbed down. Reading the very small print gives the game away ... but surely, but surely, even without that only a complete idiot ...?