Nearly one in three mothers think fathers should have no say

January 9, 2014 7 comments

Children on swings

Nearly one in three separated mothers believe fathers should have no say in their child’s upbringing, according to a recently published survey by relationship charity Relate. Thirty-two per cent of separated mothers said they thought they had the sole right to make decisions about their children’s lives – more than twice the number of men…

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Is marriage set to become a minority pursuit?

October 10, 2012 7 comments

Marriage certificate

Marriage is on the way to becoming a minority pursuit, according to a new report from think tank the Centre for Social Justice. The report, called Forgotten Families, suggests that conventional marriage has become increasingly associated with affluence and the middle and upper classes: while only 50 per cent of couples on low incomes are…

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The Centre for Social Justice rides again

December 10, 2010 4 comments

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Have you seen the latest report from the Centre for Social Justice? I am no fan of this right-wing think tank, founded by Iain Duncan Smith MP, which left me flabbergasted last year when it published patronising proposals for “family relationship hubs” and enforced “cooling off periods” for couples whose relationships had broken down. It…

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The Politicians’ Wedding Entrance Dance

May 9, 2010 0 comments

Have you ever been to a wedding and on the surface, everything has been perfect? The venue, the dress, the food, the guests all look gorgeous; the bride and groom are blissfully happy, and their bridesmaids and flower girls with baskets of posies are enchanting? Could you, for example, imagine a better start to any…

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Why I am horrified by the Centre for Social Justice’s proposals

July 16, 2009 15 comments

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Every Family Matters, a report prepared for the Conservative Party by Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘Centre for Social Justice’ think tank, received a good deal of press attention at the weekend. The report recommends a compulsory, three-month “cooling off” period for couples who were set upon divorce. It proposes the founding of “family relationship hubs”: a…

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