Tuesday, September 29, 2009

+++exclusive+++ corrected version of teenage parent policy announcement

It has come to my attention that due to an administrative error, an early draft of part of the Prime Minister's speech today was circulated and has been reported. Luckily, I have a copy of the corrected version, which I reproduce below with the errors crossed out and the amendments shown in red.

"And I do think it’s time to address a problem that for too long has been hyped and misrepresented by right-wing newspapers gone unspoken, the number of children having children. It is extremely rare cannot be right, for a girl of sixteen, to get pregnant, be given the keys to a council flat and be left on her own, and the number of teenage parents has fallen considerably since 1997.

Every family is different, and we believe in personalised public services which help support every parent and give every child the best start in life, rather than trying to grab the headlines with crude and ineffective 'one size fits all' policies which are expensive and unworkable. For example, many teenage parents stay at home with their parents, and others have benefited from 'Foyer' schemes which offer them extra help and support.

From now on all 16 and 17 year old parents who get support from the taxpayer will be give the option to live in placed in a network of supervised homes. These shared homes will offer not just a roof over their heads, but a new start in life where they learn responsibility and how to raise their children properly. That’s better for them, better for their babies and better for us all in the long run."


The Labour Party would like to apologise for this administrative error. It does not affect the announcements about a National Care Service to give better and more affordable care for elderly people, new jobs and internships, free childcare for a quarter of a million more parents, a more responsive police force, and improved service for cancer patients and people seeing their doctor, all of which are as explained by the Prime Minister today, and are excellent and exciting news.


At 8:22 am , Blogger Dave Semple said...

Now that's more like it. Paul and I are having this debate at our place.

At 10:01 pm , Blogger Andreas Paterson said...


At 10:48 am , Anonymous Rhona said...

Amen preacher!


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