Hands off our hoodies, we’re not all hooligans

Hoodie not hooligan: hooded tops are fashionable
Hoodie not hooligan: hooded tops are fashionable

I’VE bought a hoodie. What’s more I’ve been wearing it.

Now hang on a minute before you send the Rozzers round to my house. I’m not intending to wear it to go intimidating mall shoppers and I’m not planning any robberies or looting any time soon.

It’s more of a pyjama top type thing really, meant to be worn apres bath and while lying on the sofa eating chocolate HobNobs.

I heard recently however, that there could be a plan to outlaw hoodies (the garments not the people.) What absolute tosh. You can’t ban an item of clothing. It’s ridiculous. There are plenty of law-abiding, decent hoodie-wearing folk who would be outraged. Me for one.

My offspring have hooded tops, as do lots of people’s offspring, and they’re not knife-wielding gang members, hell-bent on violent crime. The venerable Bard may have told us “clothes make the man” (Hamlet) but I’m not so sure. Clothes give off first impressions but first impressions can be very deceptive.

Do people really think that banning hoodies from the High Street or banning them altogether will solve this country’s problems regarding young people and crime?

If they do, then they are sadly deluded. There is nothing wrong with hooded tops. They are practical and fashionable and lots of them have reputable endorsements. My son’s latest hoodie was bought from and bears his university’s name and he’s proud to wear it – as are millions of other uni and college students.

So hands off the hoodie, Nanny State.

* Hundreds of goodwill messages written on boards covering windows smashed during rioting in Clapham Junction, London are set to become a national treasure.

High Street store Debenhams has decided they should be preserved to show how British people rallied round after the unprecedented street disturbances. So many messages of support were scrawled on the boards covering Debenham’s window that it quickly became a local landmark and will now go on display in the store. The store believes the words on the boards make them a valuable piece of history, reminding everyone how local people felt and that the violence and destruction was the product of a tiny minority. Debenham’s Battersea store manager, Neil Roberts has said: “The generosity of the people of Clapham and Battersea has transformed plain pieces of wood into a testament for our times.” To put them on display is inspired. What a brilliant idea.

* I’m not prudish or narrow-minded. I enjoy all kinds of comedy even when it is near to the knuckle.

The hi-jinks of the Inbetweeners characters, Will, Jay, Neil and Simon make me howl, for example.

But it’s worth saying that for something to be funny, it doesn’t always have to be smutty or down-right rude, as stand-up comedian Nick Helm has so beautifully illustrated.

The comic’s joke was voted the funniest at the Edinburgh Fringe and I have to say when I heard it, I had to agree.

“I needed a password eight characters long so I picked Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”, he quipped.

Quite rightly, the judging panel fell about and quickly awarded him top prize. Isn’t it heart-warming to know that sometimes good, clean honest fun can be just the thing to tickle the funny bone?