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Should the institution of marriage be protected?

David Cameron has today stepped into the limelight to confirm that the Conservative party will put in place a number of tax breaks for married couples. However, this has attracted significant criticism from the likes of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats who believe this is some form of "social engineering". It is becoming more and more apparent that family life and marriage are two subjects which will feature heavily in the run-up to the election and could be vote winners of vote losers depending upon the detail.

It is ironic that after highlighting stable relationships as the best environment in which to bring up children, Ed Balls today moved away from this line and suggested that marriage was also a vital element of a child's life. It is unclear on what basis the Labour Party is attacking the Conservative policy on taxation and married couples because on the surface it looks as though both parties are looking to arrive at the same result.

Labour Party activists have been waiting for months for David Cameron to release details of future Conservative party policies and no matter what the subject and no matter what the content they are determined to attack his every comment. The danger is that the Labour Party spends too much time attacking the Conservatives and neglects their own policies and the detail which they need to get across to the electorate as soon as possible.

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