Janet Daley has come out with an essay in the Telegraph which is excellent, deploring the hand-wringing that is crippling Britain in terms of its downward spiral.
I have lost count of the zillions of projects and reports and think-tank pamphlets that I have assiduously read and fervently reported on the breakdown of the traditional married family and its direct link with the myriad dysfunctions of the young. I, and many others, have quoted endlessly those brave and wonderfully painstaking authors, from Patricia Morgan of Civitas to Jill Kirby of the Centre for Policy Studies, who have provided veritable mountains of statistical proof for the argument. What more could possibly need to be said? Not only do we have the objective evidence to show, beyond any possibility of rational doubt, that the decline of marriage has had disastrous consequences for the community, but we can demonstrate that successive governments have effectively bribed mothers to remain single and keep their children fatherless.
She points to specific economic incentives that would help strenthen marriage, and then takes on the shibboleth of modernism:
The great national scandal of our time is not just the deterioration of life in our communities but the fact that everybody knows what is at the heart of it and no one in power – even those who talk most about poverty and know that family breakdown is the chief cause of it – will do what must be done. This has been the most shameful failure of political and moral courage among the governing classes in living memory. Who is going to face down the smug Left-liberal coterie (or what remains of it: on this subject, at least, it is losing its nerve) and say that marriage must be supported, however many respectable people you know who are cohabiting?
I look forward to seeing how her piece is received by this very coterie, and see that one initiative is already being approved, the demand that fathers take responsibility for their children. Of course, in other quarters, the government is working at cross-purposes of stable families with nonsense like this. (According to Ms. Daley, children in same-sex arrangements are a small portion of the total, but a common vision of family life would be helpful.)
All in all, with immigration causing its share of problems, the media adding salt to the wounds, and families being shredded, a single coherent voice for virtue and heritage arising in the next 2-3 years would save Britain before it's too late. Beyond that, not much is possible.