getting real


I've got that sick feeling in my stomach. It says a new Conservative government is the probably the outcome of the general election on Thursday. Oh, God.

Which is fascinating, given the TV debates and the amount of interesting stuff that has done the rounds fighting the other corner. Like mydavidcameron, Top Hat a Tory and other Powerpoint for Labour-type stuff. Maybe it's just the people I follow, but every time David Cameron is on TV, Twitter turns into a river of bile. Rightfully so.

Still, in the battle of social media versus Murdoch media, I guess we're not quite there yet. Well, maybe we are. I don't know. We haven't cast our votes yet. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, Don't Judge My Family is something I've just signed up to.

Tash and I aren't married. We don't need to be, and we don't want to be. Not that we have anything against it, it's just not a choice we'd like to make. But we've been together for 13 years, so it's not like a piece of paper would change things. And we're committed, caring parents.

So David Cameron's policy to use the tax system as a way of saying that marriage is better than any other kind of relationship – and better for children – makes me furious. It's offensive, discrimates against so many other people, and the evidence just isn't there to back it up. It's half-baked, pouting, posturing, political nonsense.

Which is exactly the kind of prime minister Cameron will be, if he's elected.

That's why movements like mydavidcameron will become all the more important. Except that it won't be enough to have a go at his political or family heritage any more. It'll have to get real, and specific, because the social, economic, cultural and other harm caused by these and other policies will really be happening.

If your family isn't based on marriage, it's worth signing up to Don't Judge My Family.


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