I find it interesting to read that Tony Blair has ruled-out tax breaks to encourage marriage yesterday, saying he favoured specific action to target dysfunctional families whose "kids have gone off the rails".
On the opposite side of the political spectrum, David Cameron has called for policies to encourage marriage, including tax breaks to help families stay together, and blamed the growing number of children in "fatherless" families for the increase in teenage crime.
If we look around us in Thanet we might draw conclusions of our own from the regular sight of groups of teenage mums pushing prams between Margate's Cecil Square and Cliftonville.
Which is it then, a stable marriage is good for society and for the development of children and should be encouraged or marriage is an outmoded concept in a gender neutral post-modern socialist democracy.
You tell me?