A young woman was about to finish her first year of university. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be Labour Party minded, and she was very much in favour of higher taxes on the higher income earners to support her education and for more gov- ernment spending to redistribute income.  

She was ashamed that her father was a staunch Conservative, a feeling she openly ex- pressed. Based on the lectures she had attended and the occasional chat with her economics professor, she felt that her father had for years harboured a selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government spending. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professor must be the truth. He responded by asking how she was doing at university. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 90% average, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and have fun like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend.

Her father listened and then asked, how is your friend Liz doing? She replied, Liz is barely getting by. She never studies and she barely has a 50% average. She is so popular on campus; university for her is a blast. She’s invited to all the parties, often she doesn’t at- tend lectures because she’s too hungover.

Her wise father asked his daughter, Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 20% off your average and give it to Liz who only has 50%. That way you will both have a 70% average, it would be fair and you would both be equal. The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, That’s a crazy idea. How would that be fair? I’ve worked really hard for my marks. I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot effort. Liz has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off.

The father slowly smiled, and said gently, welcome to the Conservative side of the fence.

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