Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Larkin was right

I have been following the tale of Julie Myerson and her decision to write a book about throwing her son out of the house because of his drug use
Now, we have her husband, former Labour councillor and journalist Jonathan, putting in his spoke

I'm very cynical about this entire episode. First, there is something quite unpleasant about writing about one's own family under one's own name, without asking permission. Second, it is clear that the Myerson's have joined the anti-cannabis crusade. Understandable considering the experience they had, but not at all the reaction everyone has to the drug. Some do, some don't.

But surely the main point is that they should wish to build bridges with their son - and this will finish off that possibility for good. It appears to me that what has happened here is that a son has disappointed by not going down the path they had hoped and they are now looking for reasons as to why. The incompatibility of their parenting styles and the son's preferences may be far more relevant than the use of cannabis! Save us from pushy parents

I felt this was perhaps the most appropriate reaction of all

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don't have any kids yourself.


Robert said...

I see the turn coat Cruddas is missing again.

Merseymike said...

Think this may be on the wrong thread, Robert - did you mean to post this under the welfare reform thread?