by Erin Pizzey, Mailonline
When I was growing up, my father, a diplomat, was posted to China. In 1949, the year the Communists came to power, he and my mother were put under house arrest.
After she was finally released, my mother returned to England with a Chinese woman and her two young children, who came to live with us. The woman's husband was in jail, betrayed by something their little girl had unwittingly said to the authorities.
When that man was released seven years later, he was a human wreck — because he had been denounced by the word of his own child.
It seems incredible that this could happen in Britain, but the so-called 'Cinderella Law' proposed this week by the Government is driving us closer to that unthinkable situation.
This law would introduce the new offence of 'emotional cruelty to children'. Parents judged to be unloving, though not physically abusive, could face jail. The evidence could rest partly on the testimony of the children.
We have reached a tipping point. If this extraordinarily dangerous piece of legislation is passed, all parents in Britain effectively become suspects in the eyes of the authorities looking out for those deemed not to love their children enough.
[...] The British family has been under attack since the Seventies, when women were told by Left-wing politicians that the traditional home, with a mother and father, was a dangerous place. Slowly, men were excised from family life.
In 1990, a Labour policy paper called The Family Way was presented by MPs Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt, co-written with the Left-wing journalist Anna Coote. It argued that the family of the future would consist of mothers and children without fathers, because 'men are not necessarily harmonious to family life'.
From this policy has grown an army of single mothers. And in most cases now, it is from single-parent families that children are being taken away into care.
It is no exaggeration to say that feminism is now synonymous with the destruction of the family.
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