For very many years now I have been concerned about the infantilisation of the current generation of adults.
It started with the shell suit, as often sported by the late James Saville so say no more on the reasons why grown adults would wander about in elasticated trousers.
When my kids started school the uniform was polo shirt, sweat shirt, jogging bottoms, “then theres no fiddling with nasty buttons”, as the secretary explained to me. Well if you don’t ever get to fiddle with nasty buttons when are you going to learn that buttons are actually quite a handy device for opening and closing items of clothing, pray tell.
We then had a student teacher on placement at school who arrived tie in hand every day and waited for one of the classroom assistants to tie it for him.
Women now walk about in glorified, sheepskin lined slippers, wind, rain or shine, the ubiquitous Ugg boot and lookalikes.
We even have the Onesie, a glorified romper suit for grown ups, which wouldn’t even be acceptable as nightwear in a more rational country and yet you see people doing the shopping in them.
If that wasn’t bad enough it now emerges that the sewers of London, designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette way back in the 1800’s which have survived the population expansion, the blitz, newspaper and medicated Izal, is now under threat from baby wet ones, and I don’t mean poo.
It appears the latest fashion in anal hygiene is not a good wipe with a couple of sheets of Andrex, but the gentle, moist, probably anti-bacterial wet wipe for grown ups, which also happens, unlike the Andrex which you can practically see begin its disintegration before you’re very eyes, not to be terribly bio-degradable and consequently the sewers are getting bunged up.
It will only get worse though.
Imean it’s a bit of an inconvenience having to stop watching daytime TV or playing on your Wi or texting your friends, yes the ones who are sitting next to you on the sofa, to toddle off to the loo, get out of your onesie and have a poo. Plus you have to wash your hands after, so why not just wear a large nappy and have a clean up at the end of the day?
Nobody objects to babies doing that and just think how the sales of Sudocream will soar.