One of the things that has bothered me for a while is why so many middle-aged men seem to hate Greta Thunberg. Suddenly, thanks to her speech to the United Nations, I know. They are already rowing with their teenage kids and don't need another one on their case.

It was the furious, accusatory tone in which she chided her audience: "How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood." Has not every parent had that clash, albeit more usually about whether they can sleep over at Charlotte's on a school night?

Let me stress, before going further,

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