Peter Hoskin

A period of family meltdown?

A period of family meltdown?
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The attacks against this Government are becoming angrier and more widespread by the day.  Now a senior judge wades into the fray, blasting Labour for not preventing family breakdown.  Here's what he had to say: 

"We are experiencing a period of family meltdown whose effects will be as catastrophic as the meltdown of the ice caps ... as big a threat to the future of our society as terrorism, street crime or drugs ...  What is certain is that almost all of society's social ills can be traced directly to the collapse of the family life ... I am not saying every broken family produces dysfunctional children but I am saying that almost every dysfunctional child is the product of a broken family ... And what is government doing to recognise and face up to the emerging situation? The answer is: very little and nothing like enough ... It is fiddling whilst Rome burns."

The Tories can really make a lot of these words, particularly as - thanks to Iain Duncan Smith's Breakdown Britain work - they've already set the pace on this issue.