We are not married. We have no intention of getting married. We are happy as we are. We are still a family without that piece of paper.
I have no criticism of marriage and those who opt to do it, it is a matter of personal choice. And we choose not to.
So because of our personal belief that we do not need to take part in a public declaration of our private love, and that we don’t need a legal document to validate our commitment, we will be a few quid worse off.
Is that fair? Not really. I don’t think it is governments job to dictate people’s lifestyle choices. And is money a reason to get married? Not a good one in my mind.
I have been married, so has my other half. Did those bits of paper ensure those relationships lasted? Obviously not. I just cannot see the point of this policy, at most people will be four quid a week better off. Forgive me if I am not running to the registry office to make sure I don’t miss out!
So assuming there are two people in a marriage, (unless they are counting the crazy internet stories about people marrying dogs/statues/fictional characters), the tax break amounts to under £2 each a week. Is that even enough pocket money to buy a copy of the Beano these days? Assuming you can still buy a copy of the Beano that is.
Also in my house growing up, pocket money was on the proviso of ‘being good’, are all married people good? Will they get it stopped if they beat their spouse for example? Or if they indulge in other socially/legally unacceptable behaviours? Is David Cameron putting those who are married on a morally superior paid pedestal based solely on their relationship status?
How about instead of pennies for being married, we all get them for being nice instead, whatever our marital status. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be rewarded for being a friendly member of society with enough cash for a bag of blackjacks and a lollipop.
What do you think of this plan? If you are married are you excitedly planning what to do with your windfall? If you are not married would it make you consider it? Or would you rather the cash was given to an area of more pressing need?
I am on the edge of my seat with excitement to see what other brilliant ideas are forthcoming from the Tory conference. I should imagine they are busy inventing new ways to give money to bankers and take it from the NHS, and I am certain Mr Gove will be pushing for Latin on the national curriculum to continue his attempts to recreate the schooling of his childhood, and we will no doubt see the continuation of plans to bolster the overpriced housing market further alongside oxymoronical schemes to reduce the housing benefit bill. Oh and the return of slave labour, probably to be shortly followed by the re-introduction of workhouses. Oh joy.