‘Big society’ minister in storm over ‘crap’ comment

'Big society’ minister in storm over ‘crap’ comment

04 December 2013

Gaffe prone Tory toff, Nick Hurd should ‘hang his head in shame’ after his reported remarks that he thought that some local government youth services were ‘crap’.

Old Etonian Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society, made the remarks at the Children and Young People Now Awards when he said that one his biggest challenges was how local authorities are delivering services.

He is quoted as saying: “Of course they have been lost in lots of areas. And sometimes what is being lost, it’s OK to lose because it was crap”.’

Unite, the country’s largest union which represents youth and community workers, said that Nick Hurd – son of Tory grandee Douglas Hurd – should ‘hang his head in shame for his derogatory and insulting remarks’.

It is not the first time that the MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner has put his foot in it. In August, he said that one of the reasons that young people were failing to get jobs was a lack of ‘grit’.

Nick Hurd’s remarks come in the wake of the alleged use of the word ‘crap’ by his fellow old Etonian and Bullingdon Club member, David Cameron in relation to ‘green’ taxes.

Unite says that youth services are being decimated across England, including in Oxfordshire, home to the Prime Minister’s Witney constituency.

Unite national officer Collette Cork-Hurst said: “Nick Hurd’s reported remarks are a disgrace and he should hang his head in shame and apologise to the country’s youth workers who are hardworking and dedicated.

“I wonder what his constituents think of his immoderate use of language.

“Young people need help with employment, housing, and personal problems and the swingeing cuts to services that the coalition has implemented means that an important support mechanism has been taken away.

“We are storing up a number of social problems for the future because of these cuts.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.