Mr Lawson argues for a deal between voters and leaders - that leaders should not foist moralities on the public through 'legislation pertaining to the family' in return for journalism which does not probe their private lives. The problem here for the Government is that its 'family values' programme is not simply a moral addendum that can be lopped off, it is an integral part of its economic strategy. It wants families to meet the cost of: taking back erstwhile hospital patients with mental disorders; accommodating grown-up children who have no jobs and cannot now claim benefits; providing free creche facilities so that young mothers can go out to work. The cherished family is supposed to carry much of the burden hitherto borne by the welfare state.
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