1:11pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Letters
DAVID Cameron publicly denied any regret about redefining marriage, but privately admitted he should not have redefined marriage.
This may be far from eating humble pie, but his comments do show a serious lack of judgment about the level of public support for traditional marriage. His announcement of a tax break per year of £200 for lower earning married couples, is derisory, but it does mean that a principle has been established, however woolly the thinking of the Prime Minister. Even this derisory amount may never be paid as it is opposed by Labour and the Lib Dems. Previous recognition in the tax system was dropped. It became cheaper to cohabit than marry. The results have been disastrous, family breakdown has become endemic; the cost to the state is colossal and estimated at more than £47 billion.
The key point about marriage is that it provides the most consistently secure environment for children, providing care between the generations and transmitting ‘values’ to the next, as such the state should benefit those who undertake this life-long vocation. It is the guarantee of the future of the state itself.
Norman Plaisted Vivian Road, Newport
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