Tory MEP: Poor kids are “a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells”

Government plans which could make highly performing secondary schools allocate places to pupils of mixed abilities have been slammed by Tory MEP Roger Helmer. According to Mr Helmer, the children of middle class parents are the most intelligent and should thus go to the best schools.

Government plans which could make highly performing secondary schools allocate places to pupils of mixed abilities have been slammed by Tory MEP Roger Helmer. According to Mr Helmer, the children of middle class parents are the most intelligent and should thus go to the best schools.

Helmer wrote:

“Bright parents tend to have bright kids, and able people tend to achieve in life and to gravitate towards the middle classes. Thus a preponderance of middle-class children in good schools is evidence, not of “unfairness”, but of heritable intelligence.

“Schools that over the years build a reputation and achieve good results will attract both the ablest pupils and the best teachers – teachers who want to spend time enthusing children with a love of knowledge, not trying to exercise a semblance of discipline over a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells.”

It is not only his views on children that have got him noticed. As Left Foot Forward has reported before, Mr Helmer has a rather unsavory history: criticising charity money going to gypsy children, denying climate change and previously denying that homophobia exists.

In another case of embarrassment to hit the Conservative Party this week, Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has declared that liberal sex education policy is to blame for recent figures showing an increase in the number of people diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection (STIs).

In a torrent of insults sent via his Twitter account, Stewart Jackson said that the state had “blown £300m on sex education”.

He went on to say:

“Sex education Memo to sad tedious sex obsessed Leftie weirdos – do please tweeting me You’re confusing me with someone who’s interested”

In a statement in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph yesterday, Mr Jackson said:

“I am always keen to hear from my constituents but these people were generally not even from Peterborough and were only interested in making personal attacks.

“It has made me think you can’t engage with people on Twitter. If it continues I may stop using it.”

Perhaps Mr Jackson should have taken a look at the facts, as stated in the Health Protection Agency’s report. The number of people diagnosed with STIs has, in part, increased because of the number of tests and types of tests has gone up in the past year.

Dr Gwenda Hughes, head of the HPA’s STI section said:

“We are doing more testing, such as through the National Chlamydia Screening Programme, and some of the tests we are using for gonorrhoea and herpes are more sensitive, so as a result we are now picking up more infections.”

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75 Responses to “Tory MEP: Poor kids are “a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells””

  1. Brian Slevchenko

    RT @living_autism: Since Roger Helmer MEP see's fit to insult less well off kids, he won't mind me calling him a self opinionated bigot: http://bit.ly/9PHNK0

  2. Peter Bosworth

    Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" : http://bit.ly/bczwl4 via @addthis

  3. CAROLE JONES

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://bit.ly/dr6LSX – tosser!

  4. ffynnon wen

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://bit.ly/dr6LSX

  5. Ciarán Harkness

    …And we expect anything less from the softcore UKIP?

  6. Sandy Brisbane

    Of course. An it equally follows that rich people’s kids turn out perfectly. Point well made- thanks for encouraging the debate. Sandy

  7. tonyisyourpal

    Did this government decide on Victorian Values as well ? Tory MEP – "poor kids are feckless ne'er-do-wells"… http://bit.ly/9Oa2N0

  8. tonyisyourpal

    I thought even the Tories had got past saying aloud the "poor people deserve it really" idea even if still thinking it- http://bit.ly/9Oa2N0

  9. Paul Evans

    Clare,

    It’d almost be worth pulling together a ‘top trumps’ of the madder Tories, wouldn’t it?

    Give them all marks out of 100 for queer-bashing, xenophobia, irrationality, snobbery and a final ‘stupidity’ catch all.

  10. Margo Milne

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://bit.ly/dr6LSX

  11. Guy Walsh

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://bit.ly/dr6LSX

  12. Marjory Smith

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://bit.ly/dr6LSX

  13. Claire French

    @ShellyAsquith one from the archives on roger helmer – http://bit.ly/fjhKR8

  14. Shelly Asquith

    RT @clairee_french: @ShellyAsquith one from the archives on roger helmer – http://bit.ly/fjhKR8

  15. Tories unlikely to discipline Helmer for sickening rape comments | Left Foot Forward

    […] year, Helmer described poor children as “a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells”, and has previously criticised charity money going to gypsy children, denied climate change, and […]

  16. Tom King

    Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://t.co/o2PW1WV I'd forgoten about this! #SackHelmer

  17. John Edginton

    Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://t.co/o2PW1WV I'd forgoten about this! #SackHelmer

  18. DarkestAngel

    Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://t.co/o2PW1WV I'd forgoten about this! #SackHelmer

  19. diana smith

    Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://t.co/o2PW1WV I'd forgoten about this! #SackHelmer

  20. Brian Moylan

    RT @tomilo: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://bit.ly/lREcqN I'd forgoten about this! < Bless him.. #tory

  21. Rosa

    HOW DID ANYONE VOTE FOR THIS PRAT? MT“@tomilo: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://t.co/So1VErg #SackHelmer”

  22. Ma

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  23. Andy Hicks

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://t.co/hlsD3N7 < him again @SackHelmer

  24. Jill Hayward

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory MEP: Poor kids are "a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells" http://t.co/hlsD3N7 < him again @SackHelmer

  25. Roger Helmer MEP steps down. He will not be missed | Left Foot Forward

    […] In August last year, he called poor kids “a bunch of feckless ne’er-do-wells”, and said that the reason they didn’t get in to good schools was because they had inherited poor intelligence, and in October 2009 he made a bizarre comment that one of the world’s leading climate experts concerns about the impact of meat farming on carbon emissions were: “…not surprising, perhaps, seeing that in terms of faith he is a Hindu.” […]

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