It’s not often I defend a Tory Peer. In fact, I can’t remember a time in the past when I’ve done so, and I probably won’t ever again. I’m not really defending Howard Flight now, except to say, technically, he was right.
Urrrgh! I need a wash. I’ll go get one in a minute, right after I make this point. We should not be encouraging the poor to breed. Yup, that’s correct. We shouldn’t. In that, Howard Flight was perfectly correct.
Where he and I might disagree is on my follow-up: we shouldn’t be encouraging the middle class to breed either. It is not the State’s place to encourage anyone to breed, breeding by its very nature is a selfish act, a move to use up more of the world’s resources just to replicate your own genetic material. Disgusting.
Child benefit should be scrapped altogether and replaced with a child tax. Every additional child, after the first, spawned by a British citizen should be taxed to ever increasing amounts. The tax revenue would be used to improve education, social services and youth groups, giving every child the ability to excel, no matter what their parent’s wealth.
Having a child is not a right, or a duty, or an inevitable act. It is an enormous responsibility, and a decision that should not be taken lightly. The tax system should reflect this. A person should only have a child if the circumstances are perfect.
Obviously there would need to be exceptions. Adoption, for example, would be met with tax cuts rather than tax hikes. We’re trying to stop the reckless escalation of the top predator, not preventing the care of children already in existence.
So stop breeding all of you! Especially you. Yeah, you reading this. Stop it now!