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Greed and yobbishness

Education secretary David Blunkett linked the TV programme 'Who wants to be a millionaire' with growing greed and yobbishness in society. Is he right?

The link with 'Who wants to be a millionaire' is ridiculous. A link with the fact that virtually every popular children's TV series, most films and most general viewing has a high violence content is a different matter. It should be no surprise if children are violent. And if they have no other outlet, street violence will occur. A big increase in physical sports and space to play would help. We need lots of playing areas in new developments and that is where we as designers come in.

Chris Parkinson, senior civil engineer, Haarlem

Everyone wants a bit more money, and most contestants on 'Millionaire' win enough to afford a big treat, but not to change their lives dramatically.

I do not think that can be linked to increasing bullying and violence.

Ruth Goudie, 42, traffic engineer, Canterbury

The roots of greed and yobbism run deeper than a quiz show.

The Government has to stand back and re-assess certain issues. For example, the lack of parental discipline for fear of persecution by social workers, the same for teaching staff who can no longer discipline unruly pupils for fear of suspension or arrest.

Mark Downes, 29, senior engineer, Birmingham

Many of the problems in society are a consequence of its market driven nature, which has damaged the community and left many people on the fringes. As for greed, well, it is in evidence throughout society.

Very often it is the most wealthy who demonstrate this most clearly - highly paid executives of large companies and organistations awarded much larger salary increases than the general workforce for example. Many large companies are in a postion to set an example and help to improve society but instead are exclusively profit driven. It is hardly surprising that the average person has long since given up on the idea of a fair deal and is looking out for themselves.

Simon Barton, 36, senior engineer, South Wales

I do not want to make a political point, but the Thatcher years started a move towards everyone being out for what they could get. The only way out is to encourage a more loving and tolerant lifestyle.

Government and all those in the public eye must do this, otherwise we are heading for Sodom and Gomorrah.

David Frankl, consultant, 49, Bucks

Positive messages are needed to reinforce positive behaviour. The media needs to concentrate on good behaviour and stress how limited the bad stuff really is. Will it hurt to say how well a school is tackling its problems without saying or the Head was once accused of something nasty. People should be prepared to put yobs and criminals behind bars so those of us who are honest feel proud and justified in setting an example.

Richard Altoft, 50, project manager, Midlands

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