The idea that all groups should have the same outcomes is just an update of the old socialist idea of equality of outcome – ignoring the choices that individuals make.
The first piece in a five-part series on ConHome on a new Manifesto to Strengthen Families, which will be launched in Parliament this week.
The next manifesto might propose breaking the link between student maintenance costs and parental income by introducing a universal loan.
Over time, proposals have either been denounced as politically correct nonsense, or embraced with an enthusiastic “me, too”-ism. Neither approach is exactly rigorous.
In the current climate, this controversial announcement seems reasonably unsurprising. The issue is by no means straightforward, however.
You may not agree with his views on gay sex and abortion – or what were his views – but they should not be marginalised as illegitimate.
There is no need to keep fighting the last equality war – our society should allow women to choose pure egalitarianism or more traditional gender roles.
That the pursuit of Farron was legitimate doesn’t mean that they, or anyone else, should feel happy about it – or the bigger trends of which it was part.
Every day in the UK we get together to wonder why Britain abandoned the idea of fairness.
Arguments for interfering further, or differently, with the pie, therefore, should be based primarily on need rather than on redistribution.
Careers in the profession could be closed to people of faith if the General Pharmaceutical Council gets it way.
We can build a Britain that is fair on immigration, trades globally and is outward-looking – underpinned by great values of equality, fairness and freedom.
Popular anger won’t fade whilst the system excessively rewards the very few.
We need sectoral centres of excellence that strengthen our economy, create higher wage jobs and help us trade across the globe.
There is also significant support for some pretty extreme socialist policies among the wider electorate.