Chairman of the TryAngle (youth) Awards foundation, Thanet North MP Roger Gale has been quick to endorse party leader, David Cameron’s line on "hoodies".
The MP, whose pre-parliamentary professional career as a television producer/director included the award-nominated "White Light" teenage magazine programmes for Thames television said in his constituency today:
"To judge a generation by its tribal clothing is ridiculous. Condemning everyone who chooses to wear a hooded sweatshirt makes no more sense that to condemn every Teddy Boy, every Mod, every Hippie or, indeed, anyone else who has worn a "social uniform" such as a city suit!
Young people rebel. That is in their nature. The Try Angle Awards scheme * was established to recognise the fact that for every young anti-social yob that hits the headlines there are thousands getting on with enjoying their lives and making a significant contribution to society and determined to succeed - whether they wear hoodies or not.
Society should have no time for those very few who regard it as their right to make the lives of others a misery but we also need to recognise that it is right to offer young people a challenge and channels for their energies. That is why the work of organisations such as Fairbridge, The Weston Spirit, Toynbee Hall and Operation Raleigh and the Duke of Edinburgh`s Award Scheme are all so important".
The MP also added a note of caution to his support.
"We must" he said "make it abundantly plain that anti-social behaviour, graffiti, violence, drugs and alcohol-related crime have no place in our society. Coupled with encouragement for, particularly, the disadvantaged young in our communities there has to be a very clear message that the criminal justice system will take a very robust line with those who believe that they can get away with anything."