Look, can we just accept that libertarian paternalism is just a nasty subset of social facism? Or at least, that certain of those proposing libertarian paternalism are proposing a nasty subset of social facism?
Prof Julian Le Grand, the architect of a clutch of New Labour policies such as baby bonds, is calling for marriage to be the legal "default" setting for new parents.
Without having to undergo a public ceremony or take any vows, they should simply be regarded as married in law as soon as the child\’s birth is registered, Prof Le Grand, Tony Blair\’s former Downing Street health adviser, said.
Marriage is, in English law at least, a contract that over rides all others. It puts at risk, for example, your entire worldly goods. So what the good professor is advocating is that having a knee trembler around the back of the chippy could mean that, if pregnancy results, the knee tremblee can claim half one\’s worldly goods.
Franco would have been proud of such a measure against extra marital sex.
Quite what the result would be though is a little difficult to determine. It might lead to an increase in those willing to offer a trembler dependent upon how many gold diggers there are out there.
What is absolutely certain is that it will increase the number of bigamists of both sexes.