In December last year the government produced its green paper on children's mental health. The opening paragraph begins with an optimistic note that the state can make a difference. "Children with a persistent mental health problem face unequal chances in life. This is one of the burning injustices of our time."Read more
Government policy on marriage is lukewarm at best and downright ambivalent at worst.
On the one hand, the state is terribly interested in marriage. We have strict laws on who can marry and how marriages can end, and we have special rules that favour transfers of assets between husband and wife in life and after death.Read more
There’s a deep irony about the subject of marriage and men. On the one hand, marriage appears to benefit men more than women. Men’s health in particular, for example, is better among those who get and stay married. On the other hand, men appear to resist marriage more than women. In a couple of surveys for the law firm Seddons in partnership with Marriage Foundation, we found that more men than women remain unmarried bRead more