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Mums, please don't be wooed by this feckless daddy

By Jane Graham

"leaving single mothers, who do a heroic job against all odds, to fend for themselves simply isn't acceptable."

So says our wise leader Big Daddy Cameron who doubtless sees himself as a national hero to mothers everywhere for his regular displays of devotion to his family in photo ops up and down the country.

"It's high time runaway dads were stigmatised, and the full force of shame was heaped upon them." Impressive words, who can argue with them?

And Dave himself certainly seems like a decent, dedicated dad. But wait - what's this? Surely this isn't the same man who only a few months ago announced plans to start charging these 'heroic' single mothers for help arranging maintenance payments, demanding not only an upfront fee but a regular 'collection charge' on agreed awards? Thus abandoning cash-strapped single mothers with feckless (Dave's word) ex-partners to the wolves?

Nah - no one could be that crass, hypocritical and stupid and still sleep at night. Could they?

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