If there’s one thing guaranteed to make me really really cross it’s the idea that the Government – or the Cabinet of Millionaires – know what ordinary people need.
That includes ‘parenting classes’ for new parents.
Generations of parents have managed without ‘parenting classes’, because when it comes down to it, good parenting is as instinctive as breathing. There is plenty of information and support available to new parents who want it.
It is utterly ludicrous to suggest that ‘bad parenting’ was responsible for last summer’s riots.
If I think of all the parents I know right now who are struggling to make ends meet it’s fairly obvious that what new parents need isn’t lessons on how to be good parents. It’s more money in their pockets. More support for single parents. Sure Start Centres. The security of knowing that they can get a doctor’s appointment if their child needs one.
What they don’t need is a nanny state.