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Caledonian craziness

A lifetime of cynicism has inured me to being surprised at the deranged ideas people come up with, or at least I thought it had.

Those of my vintage may recall the 'wages for housework' campaign by radical feminists back in the 70's, but I now offer you wages for being a single mother.

It is being suggested in all seriousness by one Professor Marshall, Scotland's Children's Commissioner that "For single mothers, there should be the option of being supported by the state if need be, rather than them going back to work...I think there are many who would prefer to be at home with their children and the children would benefit from that".

Well yes Prof, but do you have any idea about how incentives and disincentives operate within the economy? Or *any* idea how much this would cost?

I don't doubt that anyone who has not spent a lifetime in academia and the quangocracy could explain this to her.
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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 4:18 pm

I have a better policy,
A bullet in he back of the head for the mother and the child given up for adoption, I speak as the child of a single, mother she didn't rely on the state, luckily for us we had family help but that is what families are for.  



Blogger GlassHouse said... 4:34 pm

What incentives and disincentives are being referred to here?  



Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 10:30 pm

when you reach the stage where you ccna get £20k a year inbenefits by careful use of incapacity benefit,noone is going to say,'shit,I'd rather work' are they  



Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 10:31 pm

on anotehr note C is this 7 posts today,the readers have been kept busy.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:39 pm

Peter - that does seem a little strong.

Glasshouse - I presume you are being facetious, but if not, Rigger's comment might give you an indication.

Rigger - and I'd wondered why there'd been no comments in ages. I guess they were backlogged because of Blogger maintenance.  



Blogger Prodicus said... 11:15 pm

You get £24,000 p.a. for being a Pope-hater like Choudary. Well you don't - he does. From you, the tax-payer.  



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