A survey has found that just 6 per cent of new mothers agree that Britain has become a better place for families since the election.
A further 47 per cent say ministers’ policies have not made any difference, while 22 per cent say the situation has worsened.
Hmm, so, how was this found out?
In the 18 months since the Coalition was formed,…….The survey of 1,996 women, who were either pregnant or had recently given birth,
So, given that all were in fact humans, not elephants with 18 month gestation periods, none of the women interviewed* has direct experience of the two regimes.
Further, all of the women, given the 9 month gestation common to our species, became pregnant (a positive decision in these days of contraception and liberal abortions laws….although that\’s more about staying pregnant than becoming so) after the Coalition started meaning that the changes haven\’t changed their behaviour, have they? Unless we want to argue that the changes increase the birth rate?
And ooooooh! what\’s this?
More midwives are urgently required as the birth rate reached a 40-year high, the Royal College of Midwives has said.
New figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a 2.4% increase in live births in the last year alone.
There were 723,165 live births in England and Wales in 2010, compared with 706,248 in 2009, making it the highest figure in almost 40 years. In 1972, the birth rate was 725,440.
The number of children women are having also increased between 2009 and 2010, with the total fertility rate (TFR) rising to 2.0 children per woman in 2010 from 1.96 in 2009.
More babies are being born (and it\’s the rate per woman going up, not just there being more women) as a result of people getting the rumpy pumpy on to celebrate the imminent demise of the Labour Government/the arrival of the Coalition.
Revealed preferences folks, look at what people actually do not what they say.
As any fule kno, this works double for what any immediately post-partum woman is telling you.
Dr (and it\’s very important that we include that Dr., her PhD is in \”income inequality in later life\”) Katherine Rake should be ashamed of touting this \”research\”.
* Obviously, some might be having their second child or later but that doesn\’t change the basic point here. They\’re not even claiming to be surveying those with experience before and during the Coalition.