At last married couples get a tax break – will the PM be boasting?

Jan 31, 2015 by

By Fraser Nelson, Telegraph: Although he has only done it once, David Cameron is famously keen on marriage. When he became Prime Minister, he stood on the steps of Downing Street and declared that his Government would be unashamedly pro-family. He knew that British politicians tend to shy away from the subject but he intended to be different: as he put it, family was at the centre of his life and at the heart of his politics. He would tell his aides that he’d be the most pro-marriage Tory...

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Will Ukip get a foot in the door?

Jan 29, 2015 by

By Ed West, Catholic Herald: Nigel Farage’s ‘insurgent’ party is gaining a following among the faithful – much to the consternation of the bishops of England and Wales. [...]  Ukip is an “anti-politics” movement, appealing to voters who see the old parties as socially liberal, politically correct and captured by minority interest groups. Major party membership has haemorrhaged and many people no longer believe in the messages coming from Westminster, proclaimed by baby-faced politicians who...

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The party of the family kills off the family to please a few posh feminists

Jan 20, 2015 by

By Kathy Gyngell, Conservative Woman: I didn’t need the latest Joseph Rowntree report to tell me that the traditional one-earner family is facing extinction. Every conversation I’ve had with young couples recently – couples who’ve just married, had a baby, or are hoping to – confirms they feel they have no option but for both to work and for the mum to go back as soon as she possibly can. It’s a choice between that and penury. It’s not that it is what they want to do, when I tentatively...

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Bishops were wrong about poverty last time… this time they’re irrelevant

Jan 16, 2015 by

By Damian Thompson, Mailonline: The quickest way to ruin a dinner party is to talk about the Christian belief in an after-life. ‘Heaven? It’s just a fantasy cooked up by clergy to keep themselves in a job,’ a typical metropolitan hostess might say, her lip curling as she spoons out the asparagus soufflé. To which I can only reply: in 20 years of covering religious affairs as a journalist, I have almost never heard vicars or priests talk about heaven – except from the narrow confines of the...

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David Cameron facing row with Church as he ‘profoundly disagrees’ with Archbishops’...

Jan 15, 2015 by

By Peter Dominiczak, Telegraph: David Cameron has said that he “profoundly disagrees” with the leaders of the Church of England after they accused the Coalition of creating a country in which the poor are being “left behind”. The Prime Minister pledged to speak “vigorously in defence” of his Government’s economic record after the Archbishops of Canterbury and York accused him and Britain’s other political leaders of selling a “lie” that economic growth is the answer to social problems....

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Timeline: Church attacks on the state

Jan 15, 2015 by

By Laurence Dodds, Telegraph: Britain’s two most senior Church of England clerics have launched an astonishing attack on the state of Britain under the Coalition – but it’s hardly the first time. Since David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010, issues such as gay marriage, food banks and benefit cuts have repeatedly driven a wedge between Church and State. Read on to see just how deep the rift has become. Read here...

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