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Reader’s Comment of the Day: The serfs are the poor mothers corralled into a mind-numbing job


In response to “Kathy Gyngell: The party of the family kills off the family to please a few posh feminists”, Mrs No Good Boyo wrote:

So I’m a poor, repressed serf under my husband’s thumb, am I? Release me! Provide the means and incentives to bring about my liberation! Then I too can start the first hour of my hour not merely chivvying my children into school uniforms, but I can also pay through the nose to dump my toddler into child care. Then I can stand around at windswept bus stops and station platforms, hoping my transport will actually be on time, having paid another small fortune for the privilege of being packed in just as tightly as they can squeeze us (cattle class? It would be illegal to transport livestock under those conditions!). 

When I get to work, I can then spend the next eight hours repeating the same mind-cramping, mundane chore again and again, hoping that none of the customers will decide to take out his inadequacies on a soft target that he knows won’t tell him where to shove it. If I’m really lucky, my supervisor will be a gimp who’s personal career goal is to make his minions’ lives a misery. And what do I get in return for all this? Minimum wage, or not much more, of which the government will trouser over half in the form of one tax or another.

Or I can devote my day to looking after the home that I love, and the children who are vastly more rewarding than any boss will ever be. When No Good Boyo gets home, tired after running the business all day, he finds the chores are all done, the children in their pyjamas, a tasty dinner awaiting him in the oven, so he can just put his feet up and relax for the evening. And if my efforts are unpaid, at least I know they are appreciated, which is far from guaranteed in any job that I’m likely to have.

Why can’t politicians just shut up and let us decide for ourselves what we’d rather do, and what is best for our families? But no! They all have to interfere, lecture, coerce, regulate, legislate. If they really want to help us, why don’t they all just bugger off?

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