We’ve all been there.
You’ve got a Year 11 bang to rights. They did it. You saw them do it. They saw you see them do it. Game over, right?
Well, no. Unfortunately, as I’m sure we’ve all experienced, you will now be engaged in twelve rounds of: ‘What about last week when Kevin did the same thing? You didn’t care then’; ‘What about all the times I’ve been good today – you should let me off!’; ‘What about the Arab-Israeli conflict? You really think it’s worth punishing me when so many worse things are going on in the world?’
Whataboutery. The attempt to deflect by moving the terms of the discussion.
I hate it. I hate it as much when the Year 11 try it – I find a resolute refusal to engage in such silliness soon gets the message around not to bother trying it – as I…
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