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Podcast: Britain’s one child policy, a repentant Tory rebel and the coalition’s open marriage

30 January 2014

Does Britain have a one-child policy? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Alec Marsh discusses the death of the big middle class family. Is this a distinct policy from the government or simply families making different choices? Why are some rich and poorer families still having lots of children? Is this trend a result of the squeeze on the cost of living?

Fraser Nelson also discusses the rebellious nature of Conservatives backbenchers with Douglas Carswell MP. Is now the time for Tories to toe the line and get behind David Cameron? Why has Carswell changed his mind and withdrawn his support to a disruptive amendment to the Immigration Bill? Should his colleagues do the same?

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Plus James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss how the coalition has become an open marriage. How will the two partners begin to differentiate without destroying the coalition? How open are the Lib Dems to another coalition? And will Nick Clegg remain leader by the next general election?

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  • David Connor

    Don’t people even realize that immigrants are to blame for the continued growth in the UK’s population?! These people didn’t just appear out of thin air, they came across our boarders, bred like rabbits and now we’re facing crisis of demand for food, education, shelter, energy and space (yet many would go back to that quite silly comparison of that “humans shoulder to shoulder would only be a size of a typical city”). It is overpopulation if we’re all crowding our selves on an island when our neighboring countries have land masses many times greater than ours sometimes with a population even smaller than ours. Why don’t these unwise immigrants think about sorting their own countries economy so they don’t have to migrate here in the first place.


    How is it that muslim families are exempt from small families,they breed like rabbits
    To produce as many kids as they can.Of course there is an ulterior motive for this behavior which is to eventually dominate the countries they live in.

  • AnotherDave

    Surely the local election results will be more important to the LDs than the EU election results?

  • Alexsandr

    the government should not have any policy on how many children you have. How many the government subsidise is another matter. But then you should try to not have kids you cant afford to support.

    • HookesLaw

      Agreed – but then families do have children and they cannot afford them.
      I’ll make a deal with you – we can both be present with the media as they photograph the starving lice ridden children whilst the usual lefty charities beat the govt about the head. Or watch as the crying screaming urchins are torn from their howling mothers no doubt tattooed arms by social services. How many more ‘dumping ground’ care homes will we need to build?.

      You will note that I am agreeing with you but how do we solve the problem we then create.

      • Alexsandr

        I am afraid we cant do this overnight. But slowly reduce benefits for as yet unborn. make sure people know the kids they are considering will not be the cash cow they are now.
        You do need to have special rules for multiple births though.

        • HookesLaw

          Ah – you see how complicated it is. The govt are talking about child benefit for only 2 childen though aren’t they?
          Personally I think there shoul be more use of vouchers. But you would have to mitigate against a black market in them.

          • Alexsandr

            put the vouchers on a plastic chip and pin card with a photo on it, and only usable within a specified area

        • James Strong

          Agreed about special rules for multiple births.
          But why slowly reduce benefits for as yet unborn children?
          Do it in one step,but with at least 9 months notice.
          What would be wrong with saying, now, that no child benefit will be payable for any child born after 31/12/2014 ?

          • Alexsandr

            as hooky says, if its done too suddenly the lefty press will be up in arms.

          • mollysdad

            This is a great idea. Fewer children today means less unemployment in twenty years’ time, and less need to spend money on universities and prisons. In the meantime, there would be huge savings to be made in the budgets for paediatric health care and education.

  • Kitty MLB

    Yes they do have a one child policy, as mentioned in the other article
    on the same subject- repeating oneself is not a good sign!
    As long as those who have the one child are those who keep England running
    support public services, taxed too highly and never complain the coalition are happy.
    I do not quite comprehend the little grey cells of out political class.
    The cost of living is an issue, The EU has a lot of influence in that department
    and how is rehoming refugees from Arabic countries and Eastern European
    countries going to help the Middle classes.
    After all there are those with no responsibility in this country who will keep
    on have large families for what they can get out of the state,
    and as for the upper classes, they like to recreate little darling in their own image,
    and can always send then to private boarding school in Switzerland-
    yet even they have crumbling castles.

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