DID THE NEW WORLD ORDER KILL OFF THE COMMON COCKNEY? November 28, 2010Posted by feedthemoon in Uncategorized.
Once upon a time the cheeky, raffish cockney could be spied the length and breadth of Olde London; tourists would flock to observe their buckle-legged-cock-a-knee dancing; delighting in the trademark salty language and cheerful con-artistry which made the cockney so beloved.
So it is seems rather odd that when journeying through Lambeth, or Balham, or Bow today; you are more likely to spy a Swahilian juggler; or a Peruvian pan-piper; than you are to catch a glimse of the raffish cockney so beloved of legend.
Some experts blame the cockney’s inherent unwillingness to mix with other breeds for their flight to the hinterlands of Essex and Kent; others blame the Thatcherite lure of council house buy-ups in the 1980’s; But there may be a more disqueting reason for the disappearance of the London Cockney:
Terry Grimmage was Metroplitan police Commisioner in the 1960’s, he suggested that by-and-large the cockneys were an uncontrollable rabble who needed removing.
‘There was always a suspicion that they wouldn’t put up with CCTV and oyster-cards and congestion-charging and the general harrasment of the populace’ explained a grim-faced Grimmage; Look, it’s so much easier to control a populace who know they can be deported if they put a foot wrong: Hence mass immigration into the capital. Plus there was the added bonus of non-unionized-low-paid labour. Everyone’s a winner!’
‘Except the cockney’ I ventured.
‘Bollocks to the cockney!’ He said. ‘Just look at the standards of cuisine since they moved out. There’s been a tremendous improvement. Tremendous. -I mean, have you ever TRIED jellied-eels?’
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