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Family matters: Polly Toynbee and Melanie Phillips

Dear Polly,

It feels most odd to be writing this letter to you across what appears to be a chasm of thinking that divides us. Odd because although we are both working mothers and for years were colleagues at the Guardian, we now find ourselves on opposing sides in this great debate about the family. We’ve never talked about it, nor have we written directly about each other’s views. But I know from personal experience that this issue more than any other is a bitter battleground. What makes it so explosive is that the family is about not living as…

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