The morning radio is a buzz with the debate regarding the opposition Tory think tank (headed by that ‘quiet man’ Iain Duncan Smith) and the pronouncements regarding encouraging heterosexual marriage through the tax system. I find it quite telling that in our materialist society that encouraging heterosexual marriage is best seen done through a purely financial incentive. It says a lot about our society that the conservative opposition says is ‘Broken’. I would venture to say that if heterosexual marriage is in such decline that you effectively need to bribe people to be a part of it then that in itself is a fundamentally ‘broken’ and desperate ideology.
It Seems to appeal to middle England anyway. I’m waiting for the announcement of public flogging of single Mothers and childless couples (married or not) quite soon.
Update: there’s a good condensed pros and cons on the proposal over at The First Post.
And the BBC reflects on the facts, figures and reactions.