In praise of … centrist dads
You may have heard the term “centrist dad” lately as it crests on the wave of mainstream exposure. Baffled by the ascent of Jeremy Corbyn, centrist dad’s tone is that of a bitterly disappointed parent lecturing his children on their political failings. The most notable thing about the centrist dad, other than the fact that a large part of his prefrontal cortex remains in 1997, is that he also shows himself to be condescending. This man is forever on the internet telling people, particularly young women, that they are wrong.
But be warned: centrist dads bruise easily. And right now, they are hurting. A cult has taken over their Labour party, and they may never regain control. The pain of seeing the neoliberalism they so lovingly embraced rejected by the younger generation is making them crabby. But forgive the centrist dad, for they know not what they do. And, as the left knows only too well, it’s mighty chilly and lonely out there in the wilderness.