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TABLE TALK
poor people driven into fuel
poverty by skyrocketing energy
prices; about the birds and bats
slaughtered by wind turbines;
about the poor walruses which
weren’t driven to commit suicide
over the cliff by ‘climate change’,
but were more likely panicked into
a fatal stampede by the film crew...
1. Goad them sparingly
One of the few pleasures of having
teenage children – perhaps,
indeed, the only one – is the joy
of teasing them mercilessly about
their hygiene, their dietary habits,
their untidiness, their lumpen
Parenting
RAISING THEM
RIG HT
Sage advice for those whose
politically radical teenagers are
proving to be a nightmare
JA M E S
DELI NGPOLE
Wr i t e r, j o u r n a l i s t a n d c o l u m n i s t
for The Spectator
ingratitude, their incomprehensible memes, and their
half-baked political insights. Just be mindful that it all
goes in the Ledger: the mental list of grievances your
children are storing up as justification for embracing
the kind of politics most calculated to annoy you.
2. Take the moral high ground
Teenagers aren’t interested in facts: it’s all about
‘muh feelings’. Therefore, do not waste time trying
to wear them down with evidence or logic. Socialism
is geared towards the emotions, not the intellect, so,
tailor your arguments accordingly. On climate
change, for example, don’t bother with the science or
the economics. Instead, express concern about those
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AUTUMN 2019
ISSUE 17
4. Dads: You will never win
on feminism
Should you be lucky enough to be
blessed with a teenage daughter,
there is a 99.99 per cent
likelihood that she considers
herself a feminist. You should be
too, Dad, she’ll girlsplain to you,
because feminism just means
“believing in equal rights for men
and women”. Do not, under any
circumstances, try to debate with
her on this one. Like the use of
hair straighteners, this is one
of those girl issues that you will
never win. The debate is over.
We boys have lost. Accept this
and concentrate your forces on
taking territory that it is still
possible to conquer.
IL L U S T RAT IO N : M A RT IN KI N G DO M
I
t’s the moment every parent
dreads. “Dad. There’s
something I have to tell you.
I can’t live a lie any longer.
I’m in love with Jeremy Corbyn.”
Except, of course, in real life
they don’t put it nearly so politely.
Instead, they dump their politics on
you as a fait accompli. Everything
that you believe is hateful, wrong,
embarrassing. Everything they
believe is right, true and pure. But it
doesn’t have to be this way. I know
because somehow, miraculously, I
have bucked the trend.
Not one of my three children is
a card-carrying leftist. Things may
change when the youngest (18)
goes to ‘uni’, but I doubt it. It’s
possible, that through a mix of
hidden genius and pure dumb
luck, I have found the magic
formula that prevents one’s
offspring turning into raging little
Trots, thus giving us all hope for
the future. Let me share with you
my top tips.
3. Keep it personal
Probably the world’s best hope
right now for deradicalising our
youth is Charlie Kirk’s charity,
Turning Point, which helps
students on campus discover their
inner conservative. The secret,
Kirk has discovered, is framing
your argument in the right way.
Many students swing left because
it’s all they’ve ever been taught.
Like the BBC, which luckily
hardly anyone under 25 even
bothers with any more, their
default position is that the
government’s job (helped, of
course, by its magic money tree)
is to make everything better by
doing more and more. So ask
them, based on their personal
experiences with officialdom,
how likely they think it will be
that contracting out still more
work and responsibility to the
sclerotic, rude, inefficient,
work-shy, stubborn, authoritarian,
unsympathetic public sector is
going to deliver the new Jerusalem
they’ve been promised.





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