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Laura Perrins: Argument over the remote control? Call the Old Bill


Thank the Lord above for the sexual revolution. Where would we be without the exponential increase in the divorce and illegitimacy rate with all those children being raised without fathers?

Yes indeed, things have turned out amazingly well for some families in Britain.

Many of them do not have fathers but that does not mean they are not getting on okay, apart from, those few occasions when one must call the police to sort out the odd argument. And those times when single mums get assaulted by their own children.

On Tuesday, The Times told us that some families were relying on the police to sort out domestic disputes. Some families are struggling to cope and impose discipline on children without an extended family. I imagine the lack of a nuclear family does not help either.

In one case the police were called over a dispute about the remote control. I can see it now – argument over the remote – call the Old Bill. Argument over the last Rolo – call the Old Bill. Argument over bath time – call the Old Bill.

One mother could not get her 10-year-old daughter to school – she called the Old Bill. I don’t think badly of her for this. At least she cared enough about her daughter’s education to call the Old Bill. But still, it is not ideal is it? The police stepping in to impose boundaries where once the fathers would do it.

What many policy makers forget is that children are for life, and just for Christmas. They might be all cute and cuddly at the beginning but this changes. So a single mother might be able to cope with a five month old or a five year old, but things are a little different when they are fifteen.

The mothers try their best, no doubt – probably pulling twelve-hour shifts at the supermarket to put food on the table, but it cannot be easy. And if you live in a poor neighbourhood where gang culture is dominant it will be difficult to compete with the gang. The gang that gives hierarchy and patriarchy that is not present at home. What can you do but call the Old Bill?

Samantha Callan, associate director for families at the Centre for Social Justice, said that parents needed greater support. She admitted, though, that changing family structures had made the task of child rearing more difficult, particularly for lone women.

“If you have teenage children, and especially where there is not a father figure or another figure of authority in the home, very many parents find themselves unable to control their children and there is little help for them,” she said.

What we need to realise is that more state intervention is not the answer. We spend taxpayers’ money propping up the single parent family and we need more taxpayers’ money for ‘parental support’.

And on and on it goes, just throwing good money after bad.

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