Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Daddy State

Over at Tim Worstall he talks about idea that fathers should take 6 months paternity leave as reported in the Daily Telegraph

Fathers will be allowed a half share of their partner's year-long maternity leave, the Government said yesterday as it set out new proposals to boost the role of dads.

This is the sort of nonsense we've come to expect from this government. The Nanny State becomes the Daddy State. With Brown, who is a fully paid up member of the 'my little lad' school of parenting, allied to the - we know what's best for you style of government - what will be next?

Soon they'll be telling us when to procreate in order to maximise the effectiveness of the time parents can take off as parental leave.

7 comments:

Ellee said...

I agree, it's a ridiculous idea.

Richard Havers said...

But I quite like the Daddy State concept....it's got legs!

Willium Cobblers said...

Long legs? might be a Crane Fly mate.

Lord Nazh said...

Seems alot of people will think its ridiculous for a Dad to be able to stay home with the kids.

Of course, those same people think it's ridiculous for kids to grow up without their dads, but someone has to work you know.

r morris said...

Is this paid or unpaid paternity leave? If it's paid, who pays for it?

Richard Havers said...

Good ol' Daddy State!

jmb said...

Gosh Richard, we've had this in Canada for some years. A young woman in my book club shared her one year maternity leave with her husband for both her pregnancies. They are both teachers. Since the scheme is government funded and there is a maximum payout much less than one's salary, it is rather unusual for fathers to take the leave since they often have larger salaries so the loss of income is greater.
The government scheme here is part of the Employment Insurance plan which covers unemployment and parental leave. Often highly paid mothers, especially lawyers, doctors etc. do not use the leave because it is cheaper to pay for daycare than lose the difference in income, plus lose their clients and patients.