It comes as no great surprise that not one of the gang of children who have been convicted of stoning a man to death had their biological father living with them. And when the killer of Rhys Jones is found and convicted, I'll bet his biological father has been long gone.
57% of children of afro-caribbean descent, and 25% of white children, grow up without their biological fathers. The evidence for the consequences of this is overwhelming; they are more likely to offend, more likely to take drugs, more likely to be excluded from school, more likely to suffer severe emotional or psychological problems. They are Britains gang fodder; put out on the streets like feral animals whilst mum gets a shag or goes boozing.
The press descriptions of the mothers of the convicted stoners is revealing; "Their mother regularly turned up at court wearing vest tops and flipflops and looking tired, with unkempt hair. The boys beside him in the dock were all born to unmarried parents. Their mothers were typically in their early 20s, though one was just 18."
Let's be frank. A tax allowance for people from this underclass mileau isn't going to make a hap'worth of difference - they're the welfare culture, not the work culture. We must look to the welfare system for the remedy.