It’s not often I agree with Nick Clegg on anything these days but I agree with him 100% that the Government should not be offering tax breaks to married couples.
I’m not against marriage, but the idea that being married makes you in some way a stronger, more viable partnership is laughable to me. I know so many married couples – past and present – whose relationships are, quite frankly, disastrous, and hugely damaging to the children involved. I totally disagree that there should be a financial incentive to encourage couples to stay together. It is far worse for a couple to stay together because they can’t afford to split.
I also disagree with the concept of marriage as somehow more solid than simply living together. If the commitment and love is there, it’s there, whether you’re married or not.
But most of all I resent any attempt at social engineering by the Government – this one, or any other. We all know how hypocritical, how less than whiter than white many politicians are. They have no business trying to tell the rest of us how to live our personal lives, IMHO. In fact, I’d say that’s overstepping their remit.
Those are my views. But what do you think? I’d love to know.