Reader Letter: Kirstie deserves backlash for iPad destruction

Kirstie Allsopp attends the opening of London Craft Week at the V&A Museum, London in 2015. Picture:

Kirstie Allsopp attends the opening of London Craft Week at the V&A Museum, London in 2015. Picture: PA Archive/PA Images - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

One reader thinks that Kirstie Allsopp was wrong to break her children's iPads. What do you think?

I read Rachel Moore's column with my usual interest (EDP, September 13) and agree with her that Kirstie Allsopp's parenting skills in this instance are not to be admired or copied.

I could not believe it that she smashed her son's iPads in a mega hissy fit of what must have been extreme annoyance and that is putting it mildly. What a waste and she should indeed be ashamed of herself in this gratuitous display of a parenting tantrum.

Perhaps I am taking the moral high ground here as I don't have children and cannot imagine perhaps the sheer annoyance factor, when children flagrantly ignore the house rules but as a school governor in a primary school, I do have a certain amount of access and would surmise there are better and more productive ways of managing an incendiary moment.

This is not the first time that Ms Allsopp has chosen rather a strange parenting path when it came to light that she and her partner often travel business class whilst her children travel economy, so they can appreciate that you have to deserve this upgrade and not expect it to be handed to you on a plate.

But it also begs the question that this wilful destruction must have severely alarmed her boys, never mind the complete and utter waste of expensive computer equipment.

Why could she not have found a different way to deal with the issue and still got it across to her children, that they had crossed the line?

Because she is a wealthy woman and would not occur to her that crikey I will have to replace them now and can I afford it? Of course she can and it would probably be loose change out of her back pocket and not a considerable expense for less privileged families.

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She could have donated them to a charity shop, where less wealthy children could have benefited enormously or used her recognised ingenuity to recycle them in more ethical and moral way.

I am sorry Kirstie but you deserve the social media backlash and you should have kept this sorry and unedifying tale to yourself. It smacks of gratuitous privilege and downright destruction, or perhaps you are going to upcycle the components to make Christmas decorations for one of your customary programmes on how to afford this expensive season by turning a stupid vacuous action into one that pays you a fortune in return.

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