Janet Daley, writing in the Telegraph, has an article which questions what it is, exactly, Cameron expects the people of Britain to do to help the country.
However, one statement by Daley, on the subject of child benefit, struck me as odd:
"But child benefit is not a payment simply for existing: it is a recognition that being a parent, whatever your income, is a special and very expensive way of life."
Everyone 'chooses' their life and how they wish to live it. Buying a new home; buying a new car; buying an expensive holiday; buying new clothes - the first thing everyone should do is work out whether they can afford 'whatever'. Want to start a family? Then work out whether you can afford one - if necessary 'juggling' your budget to do it.
Whilst I do not accept I should be responsible for 'topping up the coffers' of people who do want and have children, I am even more averse to doing that for children in another country. And please, do not give me that 'unplanned birth' crap, either -with today's 'technology' there need be no such thing. Also, the sooner we stop handing out flats/houses to young 16/18 old single mothers as a matter of course, the better!
If any government wishes to instill in people responsibility, there is no better way than to let them know they are responsible for their own lives and the actions they take - and that they fund it too!