I don’t like breakdown
In a forthcoming UK documentary, "Geldof on Marriage", Bob Geldof delivers some home truths about family breakdown. He blames selfishness and unrealistic expectations, particularly among women; laments the devaluation of the ‘emotional nerve centre’ of home and women’s place within it; and criticises the government for undermining marriage and making divorce consequence-free.
‘Marital breakdown costs the state about £15 billion a year, and most of that is spent on single-parent benefits. Children of divorced parents are much more likely to do worse at school, commit crime, go to prison, and more likely to commit suicide.
‘Divorced men live shorter lives than married men and are more likely to get cancer. This marriage stuff is a serious thing. It is not to be entered into and dissolved on a whim, and to make light of it is a profound mistake. Yet this is precisely what the law allows us and encourages us to do’.
Geldof on Marriage will be broadcast on Monday, October 11, on Channel 4 in the UK, and a second programme, Geldof on Fathers, will go out the following day. So why is Geldof coming out saying this sort of stuff now?
And a few comments on yesterday's Stuff poll.Of course this poll was not scientific. It is not a prediction of a future election result nor is it a random poll, as only those who chose to get polled. Since my post, the Maori Party raced from 2.5 to 6.5 percent of the vote. The poll is no more scientific than a Holmes poll, it is just interesting. That’s all, endastory. Provokes good discussion, though. And no, I don't think you can vote more than once unless you use a different e-mail address.
I wonder if Stuff will do a preferred (NZ) Prime Minister poll? Helen Clark is untouchable ( as in "untouchable, untouchable untouchable girl" - but don’t tell Ian Wishart, he may get funny ideas).
Interestingly, I didn’t get emails asking me to vote for any particular party, following similar emails from networkers on both sides of the civil unions debate when Stuff did a civil unions poll a while back.