In April this year the British Government decided that a woman will be unable to claim tax credits for any child after her first two unless she can demonstrate conception occurred “as a result of a sexual act which [she]didn’t or couldn’t consent to”.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced. Of course, they receive instead of pay taxes. But they are, thus, on the government dole!
The UK government said it wanted to limit child tax credit to the first two children because it wanted “people on benefits to make the same choices as those supporting themselves solely through work”.
Exemptions to the changes were announced for those;
- adopting children
- those involved in kinship care
- and for multiple births.
There was also an exception for a child born as a result of “non-consensual conception”. This is the so-called ‘rape clause’.
It states that a woman can claim for a third or subsequent child if it was conceived “as a result of a sexual act which you didn’t or couldn’t consent to” or “at a time when you were in an abusive relationship, under ongoing control or coercion by the other parent of the child”.
A woman cannot claim this exemption if she lives with the other parent of the child.
However, it states she can qualify whether or not there has been a court case or conviction of a criminal offense.
Will this new attempt at hypocrisy finally bring down the monarchy? The discussion is getting bigger and louder as the Queen gets older.
The republican movement in Britain has announced it will campaign to make the case for holding a referendum on the future of the British monarchy after the Queen’s death.
Republic, a grassroots movement that has over 5,000 members and 35,000 supporters, claims the British monarchy is not the “harmless tourist attraction some people think” – rather, it has a history of abusing public money and meddling in politics.
In a statement posted on the group’s website on the eve of the Queen’s birthday, they added the event “reminds us that support for the monarchy is bound up with support for the Queen.” A pink banner on the homepage also wishes “Mrs. Windsor” a “Happy Birthday”, alongside the subtle hashtag: “Stop the reign”.
Speaking to The Independent Graham Smith, chief executive of Republic, said the organization’s view is to have a referendum as soon as possible. He believes the period of time in between the Queen’s funeral and Prince Charles’s coronation will provide an opportune moment.
“It will be the first time most people have seen a change in the head of state,” he says. “I think that’s going to be a slightly odd, jarring experience for a lot of people. All of a sudden you’ve got this this other monarch who has been hoisted upon us and no debate about who it is going to be.
“For once, actually seeing hereditary power in practice – you’ll actually see the inheritance of the throne taking place”.
Beyond the insanity of a government in a Western nation making decisions on how many children a couple has, and then the monarchy flaunting that they can do what they want on the taxpayers dime, why are they there?
…Besides for the purpose of writing articles about them of course!
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