16 to 25 percent of western couples now
choose not to have children. People are marrying later and later and having
children later and later. Despite this, the population of Britain is still
growing as our lifespan increases.
Kidding Aside, like many modern grass
roots political organisations was born on the internet and out of a feeling of
general discontent. Discontent with a society which ignores us in favour of
parental and family values and discontent with the childfree community's failure
to organise into anything more than a support group.
Kidding Aside was formed in order to
improve the representation of childfree people. Our aim is to ensure that
childfree people have equal rights.
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The government believes that parents
need a hand balancing the demands of a career and the demands of home life, a
balance needs to be struck if the British people are to be as productive as
possible. We all have demands upon our time which interfere with our careers, be
it raising a family, dealing with a plumbing problem, pursuing academic
qualifications, or looking after an ageing family member. If helping Britons to
balance home life and work is a boon to British productivity then the government
must help us all be maximally productive and not just those of us with children.