Brussels to Mothers: Get Back to Work!
As if the EU didn't have other things to worry about -- the potential collapse of the euro being just one of them -- their latest bright idea to alienate Britain is a preposterous and arrogant instruction to do more to get mothers to go to work
The EU has had the cheek to instruct the British government to do more to encourage stay-at-home mothers to go back to work. This comes at the same time as the number of women who chose not to work and raise their own children hit an all-time low.
Over the last 20 years the number of stay-at-home mothers in Britain has dropped by a third to just over two million.
In 2013, the percentage of women who did not work or worked part-time 'due to personal and family responsibilities' was 12.5 percent, which is almost twice as high as the EU average of 6.3 percent. This has led Brussels to interfere in Britain -- yet again -- calling on the government to do more to get these mothers into work by providing additional free childcare.
What right does Brussels have to lecture our government about our domestic policies? The policy of some free childcare has been in place for a while here, and an increase has already been promised by the new majority Conservative government, so the promise cannot be watered down by the LibDems.
It is not the right or duty of the EU to instruct British families about their lifestyle or employment choices.
While few people will disagree with the idea of assisting women who want to pursue careers, one does question why women who desire to raise their own children should be badgered by the EU on the matters of if and when they want to go back to work.
It is questionable whether any government has the right to instruct families on lifestyle, childcare or employment choices -- let alone an undemocratic body in Brussels with no idea about the concerns and beliefs of the Great British Public. It often feels as if the EU aspires to be a modern-day 'Big Brother'.
If there is a disparity between Britain and the rest of the EU on the matter of stay-at-home mothers, it could perhaps be explained by cultural factors. In some countries, multiple generations will live under the same roof -- allowing grandparents to look after children while the mothers work.
British culture celebrates individualism: multiple generations living in the same house or even in the same area of the country, being more of a rarity.
This is just another case of the EU being out of touch with its member states. Not content with advancing federalism, it now feels the need to attempt to bring in policies our national government is already bringing in to help our own families anyway.
Considering the major economic and employment issues currently facing the EU, is interfering in British family life the most effective use of its time?
The EU does not really care about mothers and whether they decide to go back to work or not.
It is simply another attempt by Brussels to influence and instruct sovereign nations about how they should order their affairs. It serves as just another reminder why we must Get Britain Out.
Alan Murad is a Research Executive at Get Britain Out
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