Quote of the day: Peter Hitchens on teenage rioters, child looters and why parents can’t discipline their children

‘Those who seek to blame or indeed punish parents for the misdeeds of their children should heed the painful cry of one such parent this week, a respected TV cameraman.

‘I am heartbroken and totally ashamed,’ he said of his daughter’s criminal actions.  ‘This is the end product of a society that tells you that you can’t discipline your children.’  Those who do, he said, risked being reported to police or social services.  He concluded: ‘Children now have the power over their parents, not the other way round.’

I think all modern parents will recognise the truth in this.  Except for David Cameron and Ed Miliband.’

~ Peter Hitchens

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