All those hard-working step-parents must be really pleased to hear the latest from this plonker. The experience of the step parent is that it is a very hard job and sometimes quite daunting. I have experience of several cases and I don’t recognize IDS’s description. Far from being ‘feckless’, the step parent quite often over does it. Running the gauntlet of Parent teacher Evening – of course I’ll supervise homework more stringently – attending school social events – dressing in a ridiculous tux and paying a fortune for ‘Summer Ball’ tickets, sitting through the school concert after having had to create various costumes for Bugsy Malone, doing ‘car-park’ duty at Saturday Football, dealing with teenage finance issues, finding how expensive it is to feed the step kids and friends on the weekend etc.
In my experience, they do a marvellous job. The kids enjoy a wider exposure to ‘sensible’ adults and role models which they eventually grow to appreciate after quite a few years of ‘Well, you’re NOT my father’ when the hapless individual tries to point out some worrying misdemeanor or to teach them table manners.
IDS cites a ‘two child policy’ but has 4 of his own. Hmmm no double standards there then. His Wiki entry has masses about HIM and a couple of lines about the family. Hmmm feckless parent anyone? Lives rent free with the father-in-law. What, not even left home yet?
Mirror picks up on IDS’s mostly tax-payer funded life experiences. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/why-iain-duncan-smith-should-look-1400558