Only Child Syndrome

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 2nd April 2013


Reading recently that the percentage of families with only one child had risen markedly, I wasn’t surprised to see that Cost was the reason. A child does cost a great deal and over its lifetime they are eye-watering. So, responsible folk are limiting their families.

But where are the families increasing in size – predominantly those on benefit, teenage girls and immigrant families. With the latter it is probably partly due to their culture of large families. Child benefit can be a ‘nice little earner’.

Having a child is not a ‘right’ to be paid for by the Taxpayer. A child should, first and foremost, be born out of love and a desire to do the best for that child throughout its life. A child should not be the responsibility of the state.

Mind you I think Cameron has gone balmy agreeing to allow a Tax relief on Child care to couples earning over £100,000. If you are earning that much you can jolly well pay for the Child Care yourself. And this is not sour grapes because these benefits were not around in my day. When I had my son, my salary was around £10,000 as was that of my husband. We had a mortgage which crept up and up till we were paying 15% interest. I did have child care for our son, until my Darling Mother retired and offered to help. I would never have expected any aid from the state – having our child was our decision.

Mr. Cameron has completely lost my confidence and my vote – not just because of the Child Care but his lack of concern and help for Married Couples, and his concentration on minority issues over which most people couldn’t care less. I know he inherited an unholy mess from Labour and that the whole world is in financial trouble but he really should have grasped a few nettles and acted with more strength instead of concentrating on issues which only benefitted the few. And how dare he grant Aid to countries which now have more billionaires and millionaires than we do but do not spend money on the education of their own people – of course not or they would lose a source of cheap labour which contributes to their enormous wealth.

He has broken so many promises to the electorate that, unless they change the leadership, I doubt that he will get another bite at the cherry. Nothing has been helped by having a coalition and being hampered by the liberals. The Coalition came to power with the country in a dire mess – partly due to the world crisis and partly due to the usual Labour creed of ‘spending money we hadn’t got’. Do people truly believe that the Government has a Money Tree that it shakes and all manner of benefits issue forth. Are people so stupid that they don’t realise the country is in a mess and practically bankrupt? And yet the selfish culture continues unabated. Nobody likes not being financially rewarded for a job well done – we went through some very good financial years but now is the time to put the house in order and large annual increments to Public Service Employees can no longer be afforded on top of the huge black hole we have with their pensions.

And we have another huge problem – our ageing population. Again, people bleat on about how unfair it is that the taxes of the young and those in work are paying the pensions of the old. What they forget is that most of us have paid taxes all our lives but they weren’t husbanded by successive governments – the money was spent and now the pot is nearly empty.

Heaven help this poor country of ours. It has certainly had its day.


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