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Toby Young
Thursday 17th May 2012

Parenting classes are not the answer

When the government announced it’s new £5 million parenting project last week I thought I should offer to help. I have four children, after all, so know a thing or two about the subject. I sent a message via Twitter to the owner of the Parent Gym, one of the organisations involved in the scheme.

“I’d be happy to donate all my Spectator columns on parenting,” I said. “You could reproduce them as an example of what not to do.”

It was a joke, obviously. Middle-class dads trade anecdotes in the park on Saturday mornings about what crap parents they are, but the fact that they’re in the park with their children – usually playing football or cricket – demonstrates that they’re actually doing a pretty good job. (To read more, click here.)

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Posted by Mike Croft on 17-05-2012 17:34:

let’s call them the parents of the feral underclass,

You really are a Tory lite wanker aren't you?

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Posted by Mike Croft on 17-05-2012 17:36:

...or just a poor stylist with an eye for attention? Or just a wanker. Period.

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Probably a bit of all three Mike.

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