Telegraph (UK) 18 June 2011
David Cameron is launching a full-scale attack on fathers who abandon their families – calling for them to be “stigmatised” by society in the same way as drink-drivers are. The Prime Minister’s intervention – in an article for The Sunday Telegraph to mark Father’s Day – is one of the most outspoken he has ever made in defence of traditional family life, which he describes as the “cornerstone of our society”. Mr Cameron said Britain needs to be made a “genuinely hostile” place for runaway fathers, who deserve the “full force of shame heaped upon them” and are “beyond the pale”. He also once again stresses his determination to bring in tax breaks for married couples – a controversial policy that figured strongly in the Conservatives’ manifesto before last year’s general election and remains popular with the Right of his party.