‘What has happened is that the substantial section of the chavs that you wrote about have become black. The whites have become black. A particular sort of violent, destructive, nihilistic gangster culture has become the fashion.
Black and white, boy and girl operate in this language together. This language, which is wholly false, which is this Jamaican patois that has intruded in England.
This is why so many of us have this sense of literally a foreign country'The reference to the book was aimed at politically correct socialist writer Owen Jones who is obsessed with the word 'chav' and finds it offensive. Jones was also in the studio.
What Starkey said was not racist at all, he was being critical of a violent and destructive sub-culture that is rooted in the gangs of Jamaica but has been aped in some of our bigger cities.
But of course anybody who doesn't trundle out the politically correct excuses, such as dodgy bankers setting a bad example, or we're all greedy so you can't blame the poor for thieving, is vilified as a racist.
Starkey happens to be correct, but the solutions to the problems he has outlined are not to the taste of the politically correct, so they pretend that there are other causes, ones that suit their agenda.