What's wrong with single people? The so-called New Tories seem to have a problem with them. They obviously categorize the world into married people, and... everyone else. Not sure why they feel the need to promote government interference into your personal life and want to make a judgement about your choice of singledom or coupledom. If you thought Tories were against state intervention, think again. Prospective parliamentary candidate Richard Graham (Gloucester) says: "My wife has three sisters who are divorced...my wife and I have been happy together and we think marriage is the right thing." Err, Richard your wife's sisters probably thought marriage was the right thing for them too at the time. And whether they did or not, why should it be right that people who are married get a state bonus just for tying the knot. So singles wake up to the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of you who are going to pay more tax than your married cousins. That's obviously fair and reasonable! Better go out and find yourselves a wife or husband. Conservative PPC Jeremy Mouton reckons a £1,000 bonus for getting married would be very popular in his constituency. Yeah, Jeremy maybe with married people. What about everyone else? Obviously there are some serious points here about why the Conservatives feel the need to interfere, social conservatism, and more importantly why they are saying some people (the married ones) are better than others (singles, single parents, divorced people, couples living together and almost everyone else).
According to a Guardian report 84% of Conservative candidates think the tax system needs to promote marriage. Shaun Bailey (Hammersmith PPC) thinks right now being married is almost a stigma. Wake up and smell the roses Bailey. There's no stigma about being married in 21st century Britain. Being married generally makes life easier; you get someone to share the work with; look after the kids when you go to the supermarket; and to share the bills.
And as for tax - why should you have to pay more tax just because of your marital status? Stigmatisation, no thanks.