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Kathy Gyngell: Fiddling while Athens burns. Now the EU lambasts British mothers for taking time out for their kids


If ever I needed an additional reason for why we should quit the EU – which I don’t – it would be this: today’s news that Britain is being rebuked by the European Union over the number of women opting to leave employment to care for children or elderly relatives.

The cheek of it.

Shame on us mothers in the UK who are twice as likely as those in the rest of Europe to give up a career to look after children, according to EU figures. A wicked 43 per cent of women in Britain are only in part-time work, compared with 13 per cent of men – one of the widest gaps in the EU.

Oh, dear me! Maybe, just maybe, British women are kinder and nicer and bit less indoctrinated than their European sisters?

No such take on these figures is allowed by the EU’s femistasi.  Forget about being thankful that not all women  in the UK – despite huge financial and social pressure  – are prepared to deny their instinct to nurture their babies themselves or ignore their duty to their frail or elderly parents.

Yet is it not something to be sincerely glad of that a significant proportion of the British public still respond to familial duty despite the cultural, economic and political  pressures to the contrary?

Isn’t a cause for celebration that some mothers still resist leaving the youngest and the eldest in their families  in the indifferent hands of the State, knowing that this ‘approved and encouraged’ option  makes neither for a healthy, happy or civilised society?

Not if you are a properly conforming citizen of the EU establishment.

This blog is too short to go into the history of feminist influence in the EU, its determined ( and scary) promotion of universal childcare policies, gender parity and other feminist causes.  If this were not bad enough, in addition into these intrusions into individual liberty and freedom, we now have the possibility that any perceived anti-feminist stance or opinion will be designated a hate crime.

If you wonder what I am on about then check out the reasonable sounding  A European Framework National Statute for the Promotion of Tolerance. Its academic authors would set a legal framework to ensure that the governments of 28 nations take concrete action to combat anti-feminism. For further background, read this blog here. What grim fate awaits any writer on TCW or elsewhere who elects to take on EU childcare policy or any other EU-endorsed feminist programme?

You would think with the Eurozone on the cusp of falling apart that the EU had more than enough on its hands without adding to its  portfolio anti- feminist thought control of the citizens of its member states.

But the portents are not good.  Why the need to put the Brussels oar into the UK’s affairs when we are already on message with only one in ten women today a full time mum. Full-time mothers – even of pre-school children –  have fallen to historically low numbers and are fast becoming an extinct species.

It is bad enough to have to contend with George Osborne’s regressive and interfering childcare policies without having Big Brother (or is it Big Mother?) EU on our backs too and then to be told that our opposition constitutes a hate crime.

All the more reason for voting for a resounding OUT when the time comes.

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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