A welcome call for the stigmatisation of fathers who leave taxpayers to pay for their kids’ upbringing

June 19, 2011

We get good ballsy advice today from Britain’s PM, David Cameron, which is very relevant to ratbag fathers in this country.

He is launching a full-scale attack on fathers who abandon their families and calls for them to be “stigmatised” by society in the same way as drink-drivers are.

From a policy point of view, he wants to recognise marriage in the tax system “so as a country we show we value commitment.”

His robust ideas are contained in in an article for The Sunday Telegraph to mark Father’s Day.

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Well beggar me – a Pommie professor has failed NZ for performing badly with social stuff

January 23, 2011

Alf found a bucket of bilge at the Sunday Star Times today, the end product of a survey about some sort of gap between rich and poor.

It started by saying –

Accusations that New Zealand is one of the worst performers in the developed world when it comes to the income gap between rich and poor have been validated by a Sunday Star-Times survey.

Stop right there.

Who is doing the accusing?

What must we do- exactly – to be judged good performers? Jump through hoops? Sing opera arias? Tap dance? Wave a magic wand and make poverty vanish?

Who has done the judging?

And where is the table of data that shows us their score-cards?

Answers of sorts can be found further down in the report.

Most critically, we find we have been judged and found wanting by a couple of Pom academics who wrote a book.

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