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October 3, 2013 - 6:48 am
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he intends to introduce a tax break for married couples, fulfilling a long-standing promise to recognize marriage in the UK’s tax system (unlike in the U.S., where a married couple can pool their income and deductions, Britain currently treats individuals largely separately for tax purposes). The measure, which is aimed at low- and middle-income earners, would leave a typical couple around $330 a year better off.

It’s not a huge amount of money — and some Conservative politicians, religious leaders and pro-marriage groups say it’s too little to make a difference. However the announcement is as much a statement of Cameron’s personal support for marriage as it is about the money, and is designed to send a message that the state values the institution (Cameron has defended his support for gay marriage in part by claiming it will strengthen marriage as a whole). Along with reforms to education and the welfare system, the promotion of marriage is part of the government’s effort to address the problem of family breakdown and its attendant social problems, which are reckoned to cost the UK some $75 billion a year.

Reaction to the announcement from the left has been predictably hostile. Labor politicians have condemned the plan as “insulting” to single parents (a designated victim group) and couples who choose not to marry. Harriet Harman, the party’s senior token women and a dour, knee-jerk feminist, called it “stigmatizing and moralizing” and “Victorian finger-wagging.” The Tories’ coalition partners, the center-left Liberal Democrats, have been equally critical, with party leader Nick Clegg accusing Cameron of trying to “turn back the clock to the 1950s.”

Why so much outrage over such a modest gesture? The tax system has long discriminated against married couples, particularly if one parent stays at home to raise children, and in favor of couples who separate. Meanwhile, more generous tax breaks have long been the norm in countries including France and Germany, where marriage rates are higher.

No one is suggesting that either single parents or cohabiting couples can’t make good parents, or that every marriage is successful. However, studies have repeatedly shown that married couples are more likely to stay together than cohabiting ones; and that marriage provides the most favorable conditions for raising children who will do well at school and have better job prospects, and avoid alcoholism, drug addiction and other problems. Stable marriages and strong families are also powerful engines for lifting people out of poverty and increasing social mobility.

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The taxes on a married couple in the US are not lower, they are higher. A married couple pools their salaries, effectively taxing the lower-paid spouse at a higher rate. Co-habiting, unmarried couples are taxed at lower rates and get their full deductibles and exemptions.
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Liberals are deranged - that's all you need to know. These are the people whose only goal is to destroy the foundations of Western Civilization, which is the only place in the world where their preversions and self-absorbed egomania are permitted. Future historians will surely be amazed how it was it toppled from within by a group of pantywaist intellectual frauds - the first time such a thing has happened in the history of the world.
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The left hates the family because it's one of the independent support networks a person can build for him or herself that has nothing to do with the state. If you leave individuals isolated they have only the state to turn to in times of trouble and thus they are more likely to vote for and support a strong, authoritarian state. Individuals who have strong support networks like a family, faith community and neighborhood, have other resources to turn to in times and trouble and are less likely to feel they need the state and a strong, authoritarian one at that.

Add to that the fact that strong families raise the strongest and best adjusted individuals who are the least likely to want or need the state in their lives ... and the state (left) views this as a massive attempt to erode their power base. Strong, well adjusted individuals do not need to be governed. They govern themselves.
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"No one is suggesting that either single parents or cohabiting couples can’t make good parents, or that every marriage is successful. However, studies have repeatedly shown..." What is the purpose of the qualifier? Does the study show that non-married couples are less successful more than a mere suggestion? Or is it some logical qualifier to distinguish 'some' from 'all.'
28 weeks ago
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The taxes on a married couple in the US are not lower, they are higher. A married couple pools their salaries, effectively taxing the lower-paid spouse at a higher rate. Co-habiting, unmarried couples are taxed at lower rates and get their full deductibles and exemptions.
28 weeks ago
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"Harriet Harman, the party’s senior token women and a dour, knee-jerk feminist, called it `stigmatizing and moralizing' and `Victorian finger-wagging'. The Tories’ coalition partners, the center-left Liberal Democrats, have been equally critical, with party leader Nick Clegg accusing Cameron of trying to `turn back the clock to the 1950s'.”

Yes, he should do that.
28 weeks ago
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You mean Mr. Clegg objects to returning a time when the British Empire hadn't completely collapsed and actually retained a degree of import in world affairs? With politicians like that, who needs enemies?
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Well, this tax break also goes to all the newly married same sex couples, so the Left ought to be happy, right?
Some of us thought that Cameron was in such haste to push that SSM Bill through so he could prevent too much of an leftie outcry when introducing this tax break, which had been talked about fro some time already.
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The left hates marriage because it is one more of G-d ordained institutions. That is why it has been under attack for the last 50 years, and it shows with so many children being born out of wedlock, the increase in Moloch worship, and now the introduction of Homosexuality being on par with a marriage between a man, and women.

If you look at all of G-d's ordained ways to live, you will notice they are all under attack these last 50 years. Spare the rod, spoil the child (education system), do not murder (Moloch worship), the institution of marriage has become equal to those with Reprobate minds, drug abuse (if it feels good do it), G-d does not exist (evolution), one shall work for their bread (Marxism), etc...

America is the last nation state to be destroyed by the New Age agenda. It has been going on now for 50 years. The influx of millions of illegal alien, and moon god worshiping Marxist should get this once great culture destroyed post haste.

It's not just the left hates marriage. The left hates any kind of morality.
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Bingo. Every such institution goads their guilty consciences.

That's why most libertarians hate marriage, too, though they cloak that hatred with "inclusive" language, and try to claim they are merely supporting "liberty" when they seek to destroy the definition of marriage.
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This is the first I've heard of anti-marriage views among libertarians. Can you point me to where I could read more about your view?
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Mere thought will suffice. Libertarians are Libertines. They support legalized drugs (stoners are always Libertarians). They support gay marriage. They mostly support abortion. They support these things, because they do not want their sex limited. It's all about having as much sex as you can stand. Sex, drugs, and rock n' roll. Nothing should ever be allowed to get in the way of that, right? Who cares that such things are destructive to society? They don't wanna be hearing that.
28 weeks ago
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Liberals are deranged - that's all you need to know. These are the people whose only goal is to destroy the foundations of Western Civilization, which is the only place in the world where their preversions and self-absorbed egomania are permitted. Future historians will surely be amazed how it was it toppled from within by a group of pantywaist intellectual frauds - the first time such a thing has happened in the history of the world.
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Western English speaking peoples are DOOMED!!!
28 weeks ago
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The left hates the family because it's one of the independent support networks a person can build for him or herself that has nothing to do with the state. If you leave individuals isolated they have only the state to turn to in times of trouble and thus they are more likely to vote for and support a strong, authoritarian state. Individuals who have strong support networks like a family, faith community and neighborhood, have other resources to turn to in times and trouble and are less likely to feel they need the state and a strong, authoritarian one at that.

Add to that the fact that strong families raise the strongest and best adjusted individuals who are the least likely to want or need the state in their lives ... and the state (left) views this as a massive attempt to erode their power base. Strong, well adjusted individuals do not need to be governed. They govern themselves.
28 weeks ago
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Roger that.
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Well said!

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Just another reason to tune out the Left.
28 weeks ago
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This is a cynical ploy by Cameron and the Tories to stem the bloodbath that UKIP is going to give the Tories come next national election.
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