Its a subject fraught with risk. But having done it once, its always easier the second time. I believe marriage is a good thing - repeating my post of last week. And I am in favour of removing the tax disadvantages that are imposed on two people when they decide to get married - and I'm in favour of removing the taxation encouragement presently given to married couples to seperate. As I expected there has been some of the "Typical Tories - knocking single mothers" - but not much of it. Perhaps we have reached the stage when we can discuss this subject rationally - without making moral judgements about people who decide to have children outside of marriage. We do not condemn this personal choice - its a matter for individual decision. But it shouldn't be encouraged by the taxation system.
I note that Gordon Brown has spotted that David Cameron is onto something here - so he's trying to make out that the tax system already encourages marriage via the Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax rules. Well, Yes - as long as you are in a position of being rich enough to pay these taxes. So its another Labour policy for the few - at the expense of the many. Interesting. From a personal perspective, I'm rather pleased that we are establishing policy that marks us out as distinctive. I don't think any of the other three main political parties will follow us down this policy road - because they will be afraid of the risk involved in tackling seriously sensitive issues.