Friday 7 April 2006 8.04am
This thread is absolutely fascinating.
Whether or not Jack Carter is real (and I suspect he is) is irrelevant.
I personally don't agree with him, but he has the good grace to accept good points made by others which makes me think he isn't a "troll".
London is an amazing and ever changing place, and change always unsettles people, but whether or not you like it, you have to accept it. If you want constancy, move to the 'burbs and suffocate in uniformity.
If you want real life, live in central London.
I love the multi-cultural element of where I live. It has its downsides (I've never understood why Nigerians think it's a good idea to eat KFC
on the bus, for example), but my kids will grow up learning about the world without needing to travel, and to learn that not everyone is white, middle class, drives a 4x4 and goes on holiday to Barbados in March.
I would like a Waitrose, mainly because they do good food, partly because I hate Tesco and think a bit of variety would be good, partly because Waitrose is part of JLP and is owned by its employees and partly because their stores aren't generally huge and so don't wipe out the local specialist shops like the wonderful Suffolk Meats.
Finally, I will relay a conversation I had with a young Muslim physiotherapist recently. He is studying medicine and we were discussing what it is like living in London, and he told me that his course was looking at depression. It amazed me to learn that the biggest problems with depression are in the middle classes where the pressure of work and keeping up with the Joneses, paying the mortgage and the lack of community create depression.
So perhaps Jack's problem is he is no longer working class, and has the middle class disease...?