Monday, June 13, 2011

A Labour councillor responds to "Poor Kids"

Last week's BBC documentary Poor Kids received a lot of favourable comment, but one Labour councillor was not impressed.

One of the families featured consisted of Steve Arnold and his children Kayleigh, 16, and Sam, 12. But according to BBC News:
Councillor Anne Glover, who represents Braunstone at Leicester City Council, said she was "staggered" by the documentary, arguing the depiction of the estate undermined the work of volunteers to improve the estate's reputation.

"[Mr Arnold] must walk around with his eyes shut or isn't prepared to accept or ask for any help," she said.
Fortunately, the programme's viewers reacted differently:
One viewer travelled from Lancashire to give money and a holiday, while Mr Arnold has had a potential job offer.

"It's been absolutely outstanding. The kids are going to be absolutely amazed," Mr Arnold said.

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