Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Cameron Speech: Nothing new on families

David Cameron said nothing new on the subject of families in his party conference speech today. Everything he mentioned had been mentioned before, including help for 'troubled' families, making adoption easier, married tax relief (no word on when this might be) and a consultation on legalising gay marriage (I noticed not all of his audience joined in the applause for that last one).

Here is the full text of the 'families' section of his speech:
"It starts with families. I want to make this the most family-friendly government the country has ever seen. More childcare. More health visitors. More relationship support. More help with parenting. And for the 120,000 families that are most troubled – and causing the most trouble – a commitment to turn their lives around by the end of this Parliament.

Today I can announce this: a new focus on the 65,000 children in care. Do you know how many children there are in care under the age of one? 3,660. And how many children under the age of one were adopted in our country last year? Sixty. This may not seem like the biggest issue facing our country, but it is the biggest issue for these children. How can we have let this happen: we’ve got people flying all over the world to adopt babies, while the care system at home agonises about placing black children with white families.

With the right values and the right effort, let’s end this scandal and help these, the most vulnerable children of all. But for me, leadership on families also means speaking out on marriage. Marriage is not just a piece of paper. It pulls couples together through the ebb and flow of life. It gives children stability. And it says powerful things about what we should value. So yes, we will recognise marriage in the tax system.

But we’re also doing something else. I once stood before a Conservative conference and said it shouldn’t matter whether commitment was between a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, or a man and another man. You applauded me for that. Five years on, we’re consulting on legalising gay marriage.

And to anyone who has reservations, I say: Yes, it’s about equality, but it’s also about something else: commitment. Conservatives believe in the ties that bind us; that society is stronger when we make vows to each other and support each other. So I don’t support gay marriage despite being a Conservative. I support gay marriage because I’m a Conservative."

9 comments:

  1. what a bunch of arse - even for the tories. the party that proclaims its status as champion of the freedom of the individual decides that i should pay less tax if i get married. social engineering? on no we wouldn't do that, we're conservatives.

    doesn't appear to know (or care about) the difference between childcare and children in care. they have destroyed the years of work put into building of a network of subsidised childcare by the neighbourhood nurseries scheme, which often enables single parents (but not just them) to work or study. and the big irony? lots of that was done by volunteers. it was like some kind of society that was ... i don't know ... big? if only there were a name for it.

    when will the country just hurl these selfish millionaires out. can even labour's severest critics claim that the best this government of fools can offer is on a par with the worst errors of the labour administrations. how my view of those days is changing under the retrospectoscope.

    meh -

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  2. I take it you didn't think much of it, SW?

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  3. why elect the rich to rule us? through the ages people have done it and got screwed as a result.

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  4. Yeah, I think anybody who earns more than the minimum wage should be disqualified from public office!

    ;-)

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  5. you could do worse than pick people at random with an annual income below a certain level and stick them in government. hell, what am i saying? 'could' do worse?? we DO do worse.

    word verification: toncre - no idea why but it sounds very apposite.

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  6. They're all as bad as one another. I quite like the Belgian system - no government at all!

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  7. "Today I can announce this: a new focus on the 65,000 children in care. Do you know how many children there are in care under the age of one? 3,660. And how many children under the age of one were adopted in our country last year? Sixty. This may not seem like the biggest issue facing our country, but it is the biggest issue for these children. How can we have let this happen: we’ve got people flying all over the world to adopt babies, while the care system at home agonises about placing black children with white families.

    With the right values and the right effort, let’s end this scandal and help these, the most vulnerable children of all. But for me, leadership on families also means speaking out on marriage. Marriage is not just a piece of paper...."

    Eh? what happened to the 65,000 children?

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  8. i reckon to cure society's ills they need to shoot people who are in a long term relationship with kids and the intention to stay that way ... if they have the temerity not to be married.

    back to back to basics.

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  9. ...or even backs to the wall basics!

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