We think Boris Johnson has got it wrong!
OPFS Response to comments by Conservative party leader Boris Johnson about children of single parents.
Negative comments made by Boris Johnson about the children of single parents in an article published in 1995 are causing a stir. In a column for The Spectator magazine, the Conservative leader said in the piece that children born to single mothers are “ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate”.
We think Boris Johnson has got it wrong. If you’re a single parent, or if you grew up in a single parent family, you’ll know that mothers and fathers who parent alone do a fantastic job, balancing their caring role with the responsibility of managing the family budget on a single income.
A recent study by Sheffield University for Gingerbread showed that being raised by a single parent has no negative impact on a child’s wellbeing. It is poverty, not the shape or size of their family, that affects children’s ability to achieve their full potential. It is disheartening and frustrating that so many are still facing outdated views and stigma in their daily lives.
Single parent families are a normal part of family life today. Most are women in their 30s and single parent employment is at a record high, with almost 70% of single parents working. We should all be applauding the incredible work that they do. Our One Parent Families Manifesto calls on all politicians to challenge judgemental and negative attitudes towards single parents:
• Confront the stereotypes portrayed about single parents in the media by communicating the facts.
• Ensure families of all types are valued and treated equally and fairly.
• Introduce family-friendly policy which supports, rather than penalises single parent families.