Britons mistaking parents for friends

MILLIONS of Britons treat their parents as if they were their friends, it has emerged.

Researchers at the Institute for Studies found that confused adults are spending time with their parents voluntarily.

Professor Henry Brubaker said: “The ‘parent friend’ or ‘friendent’ is a worrying trend. You are supposed to like your parents until you are thirteen, then hate them for a few years, then see them as a mildly endearing embarrassment to be tolerated on certain obligatory dates.

“But if you watch modern TV talent shows, you’ll see adult people bringing along their parents as if they were not the ultimate destroyers of credibility.”

27-year-old Mary Fisher said: “My boyfriend said his parents were coming round at the weekend. I asked why and he looked at me as if I were pure evil.

“Seriously though, why? What do they want? Hasn’t he got friends his own age that he isn’t related to?

“He’ll probably want them to come and live with us when they get old, like they do in foreign countries. I’d rather send them somewhere that’s basically a prison with cake.”

Engineer Norman Steele said: “I went on holiday with my mum and dad, out of choice.

“It was pretty fun for a bit, but then I was looking at my mum and it suddenly struck me that I came out of her vagina.

“The vibe was a bit weird after that.”

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Ed Miliband urged to stand for Labour leadership

SENIOR Labour figures are urging up and coming MP Ed Miliband to stand for the party leadership.

The group, understood to include former prime minsters Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, as well as Alan Johnson and Peter Mandelson, believe Miliband can rebuild the party’s support and appeal to middle England.

The relatively unknown MP for Doncaster North is the younger brother of former foreign secretary David Miliband and was described by the Guardian earlier this year as ‘one to watch’.

A source said: “He’s young, clever, incredibly charismatic and at the same time very down to earth. He also has some great policy ideas.”

Another senior figure added: “We need to move forward. It’s not about recapturing the energy of New Labour, it’s about finding that fresh, distinctive voice that will inspire confidence in aspirational middle class voters.”

Miliband refused be drawn on his intentions, but said: “I think I may be a bit too young and inexperienced, but I can’t deny that it would also be a great honour.

“Plus, I have done it before.”