In response to Mary Harrington: You can’t outsource family life,

One Small Kayak wrote:

Brilliant article. I’d like to offer a solution which has been cluttering up my brain for several years. Not only should we have a tax allowance for married couples but it should increase with every 5th or 10th anniversary. The savings to society of having a committed elderly couple looking after each other are massive and it’s perfectly reasonable for a government to acknowledge that.

Royinsouthwest wrote:

Asking the schools to be responsible for children’s happiness is a wonderful idea. After all our education system is doing a fantastic job, isn’t it? At least that is what spokespersons for the educational establishment keep telling us. Just imagine what would be achieved if our schools took on responsibility for happiness! Ofsted would produce reports stating that we were living in Utopia.

Cynthia wood wrote:

Excellent critical article Mary, full of sound common sense. The last thing any family needs is the dead hand of intrusive Statism upon them. It is part of the now well-aired objective of cultural Marxists to undermine or eventually destroy the independent family unit for their own sinister political purposes. Clearly, the Children’s Society has succumbed to this patronising ideology, and as you rightly say, family responsibilities cannot be outsourced to the State and it is arrogant and dangerous for the child’s interest to think so.

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