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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."

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