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Is Britain broken?

Marriage and cohabitation are far more complex issues than Iain Duncan Smith's report suggests

By Anthony Giddens   September 2007

The recent report on welfare produced by the former Tory leader, Iain Duncan Smith, argues that we are living in a “broken society,” caused for the most part by the undermining of marriage. The notion of the broken society has been promoted vigorously by David Cameron and looks likely to be one of the main features of the Tory campaign at the next election. The Conservative argument is that the economy might have done quite well under New Labour, but social policy has failed; we live in a society marked, according to Cameron, by “social breakdown, family breakdown.” The idea…

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