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Laura Perrins: Fatherhood, à la Clegg. All about donning a pinny and pushing the Mums out to work


Yesterday a group of fathers took time out of their day to be lectured to by Nick Clegg about the state of their “cojones”.

These were not even a bunch of crazies with nothing else to do, but fathers who work in the City. They are Cityfathers and part of the support group of, yes, you guessed it, fathers who work in the City – (fathers who are on zero hours, non-contracts need not apply).

But it really was their lucky day because not only did they get an insight into Mr Clegg’s philosophy on ‘cojones’, but they got Mrs Clegg’s thoughts on the matter also.

You see it was all about the issue of fathers doing childcare, and how this should definitely NOT “affect your level of testosterone” and make you less manly in the eyes of the Cleggs or indeed anyone else.

You see Mr Clegg thinks very highly of men ‘who do childcare’ but ironically we never, ever, hear him defend a mother’s right to care for her own children. That, is according to him, a “sepia-tinted 1950s” endeavour to be mocked and frowned upon.

Now we will leave to one side the fact that the Catholic Mrs Clegg chose to use her time to speak to a group of people who earn well in excess six figures and that Jesus had some very interesting things to say about camels, the eyes of the needles and rich men.

Because it was Mr Clegg who waxed lyrical about how important it is for fathers to care for their children. And who, might I ask, ever questioned this?

You cannot swing a cat down our way but hit some Dad who has his baby strapped to him in a sling. But that is the middle classes for you – we are high investment parents and the children benefit.

Further, it is interesting indeed, that until very recently the Left have treated fathers as some kind of optional extra when it comes to parenting.

For fear of insulting single mums we were never allowed to say that – on balance – it really is a good idea for both parents to be involved in the upbringing of the kids.

But now, suddenly, when men can be used to further the gains of women in the workplace – ‘Ta Da,’ fathers have all of a sudden become important again. What an amazing realisation.

In reality it is not the interests of children that matter to the left but ‘gender equality’. Neither Mr Clegg, nor the liberals in general, really care about the benefits that caring at home by either mother or father bring to a child.

If they did, they would not oppose so fervently the transferable tax allowance, which would allow more of this to happen.

No, they are using fathers in a very, very instrumental way – as a way to push more mothers into the workplace. If I were a father I would object to be being used as a pawn in this fashion, but that is just me.

Finally, if Mr Clegg really cared about how important fathers are to the upbringing of children he should get his ass out of the City and down to some neighbourhoods where fathers are neither seen nor heard.

He should start telling the fathers, who have various ‘baby mothers’, to put their own cojones away if they cannot first afford to raise said children, and second take an active and supportive role in their upbringing. That would be far more productive use of his time.

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