In statements which only seek to reinforce the ridiculous lack of work-life balance prevalent in British society, and that continues to erode the rights of fathers, top business leaders have described new paternity leave proposals as “madness”.
Citing yawn-inducing reasons such as “Britain is only just crawling out of recession”, bigwigs such as David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce venomously laid into the government proposals.
These leaders are completely fixated on profit and business growth, making no mention of the rights of fathers or the importance of families growing strongly.
Perhaps Mr Frost doesn’t have a family, or was an absent father?
Granted, giving new fathers extra paternity leave doesn’t in itself make for stronger families, and it isn’t a complete answer to allowing a family unit to bond with its new member, but it certainly shouldn’t be sniffed at.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s another snub to the role of the father.
Is it any wonder that we are an increasingly fatherless society? I think not. Yet the role of a good father is vital to the successful upbringing of children.
I’m not suggesting that other family units can’t or don’t work, but when a family unit has stayed together, for heaven’s sake allow it to grow.
It’s clear from a recent survey that many fathers are pressurised into not taking even the pittance of leave they’re entitled to now.
Yes, more regulation could add to the burden on companies, but we need to balance the needs of society with the need to grow strong businesses.