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Does Howard Flight's talk of the poor 'breeding' betray the continued influence of eugenicist ideas?

The chorus of disapproval that greeted Howard Flight’s remark about how cuts in child benefits will encourage “breeding” among the lower social classes has left the impression that such comments are now to be judged in a historical vacuum, purely on the basis of whether or not they accord with what some would sneeringly call political correctness. This solipsistic reaction is dangerously shallow.

Whether through squeamishness or ignorance, the media coverage has…

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