1. I had a beard.
2. I had a job he disapproved of.
3. The brakes on my car squealed loudly when I brought his daughter home at 3 in the morning.
The third was the one he made into An Issue That Must be Resolved. He was a Conservative.
Her mother, on the other hand, didn’t mind me at all. She was more concerned that the town where she grew up now had brown people walking down the High Street. She said she was a Liberal.
My only concern was that I didn’t want to be a part of their bloody family anyway. One of my most hated expressions is ‘We’re not losing a daughter, we’re gaining a son.’ Oh no you’re not!