Mixing stories from
The Jeremy Kyle Show with moments from his own life, Britain's biggest daytime television star offers a straight-talking solution to the nation's problems.
Teenage pregnancy, alcoholism, juvenile delinquency, absentee parents, soaring rates of drug addiction - modern Britain can often seem like a hive of social dysfunction. But all these national and very public issues can trace their origins back to a much smaller, private sphere: the family home. Over the last twenty years, traditional family values have declined to the point where young adults with little or no guidance marry too early, have children before they understand the responsibilities of parenting and end up being swamped by the demands of their new lives. The cycle repeats and the problems worsen, impacting on every level of society. It's time this downward spiral was halted.
In I'm Only Being Honest, Jeremy Kyle will argue the need for the firm hand and unconditional love that seems so absent from certain young parents more intent on clubbing than taking responsibility for the life they have brought into this world. He will question the ethics and morals of those who see having children as something of a career, not least the systems in place that make it so easy and appealing to sacrifice personal ambition in favour of a free ride at the expense of the state. And he will map out an agenda for change, insisting on the dual importance of personal responsibility and strong government in ironing out our nation's many creases.
Using experiences gleaned from the upheavals in Kyle's own life, alongside the stories of people he has met and helped on his show, and told with his trademark candour, I'm Only Being Honest is a forthright and controversial look at modern British life that will outrage some, anger others, appease many, but will doubtless set the debates raging.
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