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Laura Perrins: The strange death of the socially conservative man. A new burden on the taxpayer

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Are there any conservative men left? Oh, for sure there are Conservative Men. They are ten a penny in the think-tanks and down Westminster way, but they are not really conservative. They say things to you like: ‘I am economically conservative, but socially liberal’.

This is funny; because they say it with exactly the same smug look you get from the card-carrying Guardian-reading liberals. Well here is some news for you men: if you are not socially conservative, you are not Conservative.

If you say, I am economically conservative, but socially liberal, that just means are in favour of ruthless individualism and do not see why you should hand over any of your hard-earned cash to anyone else who may have made a poor personal decision or suffered from some bad luck. But that just makes you selfish – so you can wipe that smug look off your face.

Let’s take what every Conservative should be fighting to the death to protect: the married family. The married family, as I have written many times before, is a pretty lean economic machine.

Married families provide immeasurable and very measurable benefits to children. Most need little state support as one person can work and one can care for the children.

Should this family break up, however, it is no longer such a lean machine. We now have two households to support on the same income so frequently taxpayer help is necessary to keep the parties afloat. Now, if the family is merely cohabiting, the likelihood that it will split up is far, far greater, and the same taxpayer-funded bail out becomes necessary.

At this point our proud ‘socially liberal but economically conservative man’ says: Tough luck. I don’t feel like helping. Now this may seem reasonable but for the fact our social liberal has done nothing, absolutely nothing, to prevent this family splitting up in the first place. That is what makes you selfish.

If you have not advocated for a pro-marriage culture, either on a political or more importantly personal basis, then you are in no position to object to the taxpayer-funded bailout. If you march around the place saying marriage is ‘just a piece of paper’, then you have in fact contributed to an anti-marriage culture and its very serious consequences for society.

Let’s examine modern sexual politics. Now it comes as no surprise to me that most men – even conservative men – are cock-a-hoop with the post-feminist settlement deal imposed on them.

I am sure the abundant supply of casual sex must be a big burden to bear, but I reckon most men are surviving this terrible imposition. But I don’t have to guess at this one. As this experiment demonstrates, when an equal number of men and women were propositioned to have a one-night stand with a stranger none of the women agreed.

Unsurprisingly, three quarters of the men were happy to oblige with one saying, “Why do we have to wait till tonight?” In fact, the men were more willing to have casual sex with the woman than they were to go on a date with her. Nice.

So if you are an eager participant in the casual sex scene, does this make you unconservative? Yes, it does. First casual sex will weaken your future marriage (should you deign to make such a commitment), which makes the taxpayer bail out, as set out above, all the more likely.

It also increases exponentially the abortion rate. As most of the 185,000 abortions per year are paid for by the taxpayer, if you are responsible for just one of them, apart from the serious moral issues involved, don’t bother saying you never relied on the taxpayer to help you out of a jam and that you are ‘economically conservative.’ Your personal social liberalism has in fact become a direct drain on the taxpayer.

The point is, if you want to small State without leaving people destitute you have to have an alternative – and that alternative is the married family, community, churches, clubs and societies. So you must help these alternative institutions to grow to take the State’s place.

Ask yourself, economically conservative man, how your personal social liberalism is impacting upon the state? Have you been supportive of a friend with marriage difficulties? Are you in fact a member of any church, club or society? Because if not, don’t be surprised if you never get to that small State you always desired.

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Laura Perrins
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