Letts has really been beneath my radar up until now but I have been perusing his list of the people who wrecked Britain... and I can hardly believe how irritating it all is.
19 Topsy and Tim
Twins Topsy and Tim are sister and brother. They are aged five and have remained that age since they first blighted our culture in 1960.
They live in a town and lead lives of blameless, centre-Left orthodoxy. This being the New Era, girls and boys must be considered the same.
So sometimes it is Topsy who cries, sometimes wimpy Tim. Sometimes Topsy kicks a football, sometimes Tim admires a flower. Oh look, a pansy.
This is also true of Topsy and Tim's Mummy and Daddy. They share the household chores. Their bland characters are interchangeable. Mummy never succumbs to a bad mood. Daddy is never distant, or batey, or hungover.
He never has a snort of hard drink in the evenings. Not much of an introduction to modern Britain, is he?
Over the years the soppingly damp stories of Topsy and Tim have, inexplicably, sold more than 21 million copies.
A Britain peopled by disciples of Topsy and Tim would not last long in the world of international terrorism. If we succumb to the worldview of Topsy and Tim, we might as well give up now.
What is this fucking garbage? I mean, really. What is all this nonsensical whining about the parents in the story? They are characters in children's books not bloody Eastenders. Would Letts rather they were boozing and abusing their kids... in CHILDREN'S BOOKS? We all know which sorry excuse for a newspaper would be the first to decry the theft of our little darlings' innocence.
The girl in the stories occasionally kicks a football and this is supposed to contribute to their wrecking Britain?
"Blameless lives" in which men and women "share the household chores" are something to be derided as "centre-left orthodoxy?
Honestly, the man is a moron.