Today’s Daily Mail has a full-page article titled, ‘Demise of the nuclear family’, and here’s the associated editorial comment which is titled, ‘Cameron must defend the traditional family’:
Today the Mail reveals how, by the time they are 14, only two-thirds of British children will be living with both their parents in a stable family environment. Disturbingly, the figure is one of the lowest in the western world – with only youngsters in Latvia, Estonia and Belgium less likely to grow up under the same roof as their mother and father, according to the OECD think-tank.
Tellingly, in countries such as Germany and France, which offer tax breaks to encourage couples to remain together, levels of family break-up are significantly lower than in the UK, where no such financial support exists.
Indeed, in Britain – which, according to the OECD, has the highest proportion of single parent households in western Europe – our perverse tax system actually incentivises single mothers to live alone.
We concede that many single mothers selflessly care for their children in difficult circumstances. But, as study after study has shown, children living in two-parent households are more likely to prosper at school and avoid falling into trouble with the authorities.
In the words of Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary: ‘When families are strong and stable, so are children – showing higher levels of well-being and more positive outcomes.’ So why, given these sentiments, has the coalition done absolutely nothing to support the institution of marriage?
David Cameron devoted much of his party conference speech this year to his own family story and his belief that ‘family comes first’. Yet the Prime Minister – who, of course, has dedicated so much time and energy to introducing a gay marriage policy which the majority of his party does not support – has failed to honour his pre-election promise to give tax breaks to married couples.
Worse, the Coalition has actively undermined the traditional family – making a real-terms cut in maternity pay and, most unfairly, stripping child benefit from homes in which one parent earns £60,000, but leaving untouched those in which two parents earn £50,000 each.
As this paper has long argued, the family is the greatest institution known to man. Strong families produce responsible, aspirational, self-reliant citizens. Strong families are potent bulwarks against totalitarian and over-mighty states. Strong families provide their own welfare, education and personal care systems.
That is why the Mail urges Mr Cameron to make his New Year’s resolution to stop worrying about gay marriage and do everything he can to support the family – which is under attack as never before in Britain.
Also in the Mail today there’s a short article concerning the odious Cherie Blair titled, ‘Cherie’s CBE for “Charity Work” ’:
Cherie Blair is being awarded a CBE for her services to women’s issues and charities.
The wife of former prime minister Tony is involved in more than 20 charitable causes and launched the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women four years ago to help women in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East set up their own businesses.
However the QC, who has four children, has also caused controversy by criticising mothers who choose not to work, warning that it is ‘dangerous’ to rely on a husband. In a speech this year, Mrs Blair, 58, said: ‘How can they even imagine that is the way to fulfil yourself?’
Also to be honoured is Margaret Beckett, 69, who was part of Mr Blair’s government. Mrs Beckett was the first female foreign secretary and she briefly led the Labour Party – the first woman to do so. She will be made a DBE, or a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
What further evidence could we ask for, to prove that while David Cameron ‘talks the talk’ on supporting the traditional family, he doesn’t ‘walk the walk’? Even worse, he’s honouring the men-hating and family-hating women who seek to destroy the traditional family he claims to support. It’s remarkable how many militant feminists – Cherie Blair is only the latest example – have been given CBEs, OBEs etc. by Labour and Conservative governments over the past 25+ years.
We rarely tire of posting the link to Cherie Blair’s well-deserved ‘Harpy’ award: