From The London Times
David Cameron has propelled marriage to the centre of the election campaign after surprising the Tory party faithful with a promise to spell out his flagship policy before polling day.
Rallying the troops after a narrowing of the poll lead, the Conservative leader said that he would announce details of tax breaks for married couples in the manifesto.
Whatever happened to the days when the Tories were the party that refused to use taxpayer’s money to prop up failing, outdated industries making things that people didn’t want? That told us sternly that ‘the market must decide’. Well, it turns out the Tories aren’t happy with what the market has decided in this instance, and instead want to effectiviely nationalise marriage — to take it into public ownership. British Layland.
Obviously this isn’t going to do marriage much good. Aside from celeb photo opps and immigration fiddles it was already hideously out of fashion. But the Tories want to turn it into an Austin Allegro.
It’s nice that Dave has figured out a way to buy off the Ian Duncan Smith/Terry & June tendency of his party — with your tax money — but I wonder if he’s thought it through. Will he be handing out tax breaks to civil partnerships as well? If he does the IDS tendency won’t be very happy about subsidised sodomy. If he doesn’t then, well, his enthusiastic support for Section 28 will come back to haunt him.
Of course, he could save everyone a lot of time and trouble if he just gave the tax bonus money directly to the divorce lawyers.