A Father, to a small boy, is a very powerful figure. He provides and protects, guides and teaches, corrects and pulls into line. He explains the wider world in his behaviour and engagement with it. The boy learns to be a Man through his Father.
How does a boy see 'Fatherhood' and 'Manhood' then when the father is neutered, kicked out, thrown away, villified, blamed, accused, treated as a potential - if not actual - criminal and totally disrespected?
How does he see fatherhood and manhood when the most powerful man in his life can so easy be replaced by a 'once a fortnight for an hour' stranger who is usually employed by Fred Bloggs and Co, Buscuit Makers to the Gentry?
He thinks, 'That's what I am worth. That's my future'.
God alone knows what Fred Bloggs thinks. But we can guess. Probably 'bloody hell. That's 5000 friggin' buscuits that this chap that I am paying isn't friggin' making'.
What's the betting that Fred sends a woman instead.