This used to be something that the Socialists were accused of doing; now it seems to be a Conservative practice.
£3 per week for the married – raises a number of questions:
- What other social goods might we achieve for £3 per week? For instance:
- Families that live in decent housing have better outcomes – therefore let’s pay those in good houses £3 per week.
- Families whose children go to university also tend to have better outcomes – therefore let’s pay those who go to university £3 per week (to offset the charges on students supported by most parties).
- Is there a business opportunity for some entrepreneur to set up an introduction agency for “tax buddies” – those wanting to get married for the tax break (without the sex – I belief there are already agencies for people who want the sex without the marriage).
- Might this tax bribe encourage those who are not really committed, to get married and once they are married decide to bring children into an “uncommitted relationship” – or will the £3 per week make them magically “more committed”?
These proposals deserve serious consideration – or at least the same level of consideration as the other headline grabbing dog whistle policies.