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Nick Clegg mocks Conservatives over '1950s view' of British family | Politics | The Observer

Nick Clegg will open a new front in his criticism of David Cameron on Monday by mocking his "1950s view" of the traditional British family, in which the "suit-wearing dad" is the breadwinner and the "aproned" mother the homemaker. The deputy prime minister, in a speech to the Demos thinktank, will also take issue with Cameron's defining idea of a "big society" based upon the institutions of marriage, the family, the church and voluntary organisations.

After a week dominated by his rift with Cameron over Europe, Clegg's latest attempt to assert his political philosophy and set out his differences with the prime minister will infuriate Tory MPs - many of whom privately doubt whether the Tory-Lib Dem coalition can last a full five-year term.

The intervention comes after Cameron, in a speech on Saturday, stressed the importance of religious faith as a force for good in society, saying it provided people with "a moral code" upon which to run their lives.

Stressing the Lib Dems' "progressive" credentials, Clegg will make clear that his party would never support Tory plans for tax breaks for married couples - an idea he said was the product of a party that failed to notice social changes until well after they had happened. "The institutions of our society are constantly evolving," Clegg will say. "Just look at the way the roles of men and women, and attitudes to marriage and divorce, have changed over the last century. We should not take a particular version of the family institution, such as the 1950s model of the suit-wearing, bread-winning dad and aproned, homemaking mother, and try to preserve it in aspic."

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 11:57:18 AM EST
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Hi. I'm Nick Clegg. I'll screw you over and say whatever I need to in order to stay in power and promote myself. I'm a politician and you're stupid.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 06:40:35 PM EST
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Well Cameron obviously slept over last 40 years...His vision of the family is not going to happen (again). Church is totally hopeless in spreading the message, so do not count on it.
Trouble is that somehow people need to learn (again) how to take responsibilities of having a family (this has been lost lately). That's why we have 32% of single parents in conservative Switzerland, and who knows what percentage in those "progressive" countries. I do not mind people doing whatever they want with their lives if it's not about children.
So in a way I am all for less tax for married people (and even less for those with children). Because people only "understand" two things: 1. incentives 2. Force.
Sorry but I am a little conservative when it comes to children because I see what is happening around and I don't like it a bit.
All tho Cameron will need to make those less taxes dependant of the time those marriages will last. Otherwise people will get married just to avoid tax, ha-ha.
Seriously, I am afraid it's not going to work anyhow. Level of selfishness in our societies reached epic proportions...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 10:21:00 PM EST
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Trouble is that somehow people need to learn (again) how to take responsibilities of having a family (this has been lost lately).


The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 05:09:05 AM EST
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Sounds like Clegg just realized that he is in a coalition with the Conservatives.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 11:41:37 PM EST
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He sounds like someone who just woke up in a strange bed with someone of indeterminate gender - and not even remotely attractive whichever way one may be inclined to swing.
by Andhakari on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 02:22:17 AM EST
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That pretty much means he's been dead drunk for the last few years.
by tjbuff (timhess@adelphia.net) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 10:38:47 AM EST
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What it is not is an intellectual vision of the future. Having marched out of europe, he's both changing the subject while he's still ahead and also rallying the troops.

And he's chosen to do it by invoking the British English equivalent of Mom and Apple pie. They are the sort of soft-focus "nice" things that appeal to the atavistic heart of Daily Mail readers, right next to that bit that warms to the idea of shooting strikers in front of their families.

As for Clegg; who cares ? He can bitch about this and that if he wants, but there's no policy here, so there's nothing to vote against. His problem is that when there is a vote that goes against his professed conscience or crosses a LibDem line in the sand, he loyally votes with the tories. Every time. He is merely another unprincipled enabler of Conservative policy.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 03:23:09 AM EST
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