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Surely, nowadays, you are a natural Tory voter?

A Mother’s Day Manifesto

The election campaign, more than any other, has underscored the continuing gulf between Tory values and my own. It is not only that the renewed marginalisation of the single, the divorced and the widowed brings back very bad memories. There has also been the revelation, after ten years of prevarication on the subject, that Lord Ashcroft, deputy chairman of the Conservatives, is non-domiciled for tax purposes.

Now, I never, ever, expected to find myself in a position where I could understand, from personal experience, the choices and temptations open to a man as rich as Lord Ashcroft. The fact remains that the first time I ever met my recently retired accountant, he put it to me point-blank: would I organise my money around my life, or my life around my money? If the latter, it was time to relocate to Ireland, Monaco, or possibly Belize.

I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons.


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A second reason, however, was that I am indebted to the British welfare state; the very one that Mr Cameron would like to replace with charity handouts. I cannot help feeling, therefore, that it would have been contemptible to scarper for the West Indies at the first sniff of a seven-figure royalty cheque. This, if you like, is my notion of patriotism. Child poverty remains a shameful problem in this country, but it will never be solved by throwing millions of pounds of tax breaks at couples who have no children at all.

He has repackaged a policy that made desperate lives worse when his party was last in power, and is trying to sell it as something new. Thanks for reprinting this, David.

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Single mothers might have it harder than many but at least they have regular contact with their children. And what justification there could be for him being deprived of a relationship with young Jessica? He not only domestically abused Rowling during their marriage, but left her without financial support as he refused to become employed.

Rowling subsequently fled to Scotland with Jessica for both her protection and well-being. For all we know, Jessica now an adult may have a relationship with a father, or may have declined to have one. Keep your MRA nonsense out of a logical, well-written article.

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Here here J. Rowling embassidor for wefare pity your not in government.. Torys have also ruined the lives of the sick , disabled and pensioners a great manifesto heir cameron i for one cant wait for the election and pray to god we get rid of the Tory coalition!!! An absolutely great written article by JK Rowling and this sort of party Behaviour is why there should be no political parties all MPs should be independant, the greatest enemy of true democracy is Party Whips, so MPs have no voice they are just collateral for the political party to which they belong. Non-Domiciled residents should not be able to hold any of these offices and should be subject strenuous tax laws restricting their stays to very few days a year otherwise they should be fully taxed on an estimation of their wealth, which the onus to conclusively disprove would be on them.

There also should be 2 MPs from Eton be allowed in Government at any one time, and all MPs should have to prove at least 10 years experience in a normal job outwith Economics and politics, to be allowed to stand as an MP.

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The safety net is there, no one is demonised and moreover, Gordon Browns economy has been mended by Osbourne. What a brilliant individual. I wish there were more like her, but for now I am happy to witness the footprints of one on this wretched shithole. Truly what an admirable person.

Seeing this excellent film, I was shocked to learn of mothers' struggles to earn a living wage and have time enough to love their children - who are, in fact, our nation's future. What a chilling commentary on how far we've come from our ideals when we can leave mothers out in the cold. Fortunately, The Motherhood Manifesto provides us with a path back to decency. This humorous and often bitingly cynical film exposes the myriad impediments that willfully deny aid, comfort and security to mothers and, by extension, their precious little charges!

As one watches this film, one cannot help but wonder why the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation would treat mothers so deplorably. More importantly, this film begs viewers to wonder how this sorry state of affairs can be rectified. The documentary's focus -- a lack of access to job opportunity and pay equity for women with children -- remains a sad commentary on U. Appropriate for audiences from middle schools through AARP members, The Motherhood Manifesto invites its viewers to question why a world economic power holds its women and children in such low esteem.


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The film demonstrates how workplace policies can benefit mothers and increase workplace efficiency and productivity. Viewers who are mothers will have their hardships affirmed, and legislators, policymakers, and employers will learn strategies to make our economy stronger with simple steps toward more flexibility in the workplace. An insightful analysis of the sexual politics of labor for students of gender and labor history and for decision makers in the workplace.

The film clearly illustrates how negligent the U. Engaging and informative. This informative documentary, based on the book by the same title, uncovers the distressing reality experienced by working mothers in the United States. Unlike their counterparts in other developed countries, American working mothers juggle jobs and other family responsibilities, such as childcare, with very little or no support.

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Through testimonials of experts and personal narratives from working mothers, activists, and politicians the film points to the paradox that an economically powerful country can also be defined by its lack of public policies and programs to support American families. The film exposes dramatically how these standards in the United States are inferior compared to other industrialized countries.

It takes the stand that the solution to these problems would require a firm commitment from the public, as well as private sectors. It suggests some steps in the right direction such as the examples of an activist in Pennsylvania working to stop discrimination by employers against women with children and the health care initiative in California.