What is the best way to describe families who hitherto have been known by the horrible and demeaning term &”problem” families? These are families full of either psychotic, bad or simply anti-social people – kids who play truant, or smash stuff up, or stab people, skaghead parents who burgle and thieve, that sort of thing. How about Dysfunctional Monkeys? Or Hopeless Bastards? Hertfordshire County Council has come up with the answer – henceforth these fine people will be known officially throughout the county as ‘thriving’ families, instead. Yes, that’s right – ‘thriving’. Excellent.
A council spokesman said that the name change was intended to ‘achieve a more positive and aspirational outlook.’ It will also serve to differentiate between these families and the law-abiding majority in the county, who will presumably be known henceforth by the antonym of thriving – ie, failing families, or languishing families. But is ‘thriving’ sufficiently positive, as an adjective? I have emailed the council to suggest that ‘Really bloody marvellous families’ would be an even better description.Tags: Anti-social behaviour, Drugs, Society