Can you smell the bitter acrid scent of warfare today? The air laden with tension between opposing sides of the battle, the snipers in position and the battalions ready to face off once again?
There was an attempt today to re-ignite what we in the media like to term the “mummy wars”.
The always-attention-grabbing MP Fred Nile, facing the looming NSW election on March 28th has, once again, strived to gain a headline for himself – this time tweeting: “Stay-at-home parenting is superior to ‘day orphanages’ (childcare). We need to reform our tax/welfare system to support parenting”.
The comments, a blatant attempt by Nile to cement himself as the bastion of family values in our political system, were teeth-grindingly annoying.
They were also archaic and insulting, not just to the thousands of women who battle with the decision to go back to work for reasons that aren’t actually anybody else’s business – whether it be financial, for their own happiness, to set a good example to their daughters, or to pave the way for a career after their kids flee the nest – but to their partners and childcare industry workers, too.
This latest round of insults come only a week after Nile’s equally stomach-turning statement that the only “real man” present at the Sydney siege was the gunman, Man Haron Monis.
Reverend Nile tried to defend the sentiment of his latest tirade, saying it was a key value of his party to favour “mother care” over “childcare”.