Earners over a certain threshold will soon have their child benefit removed.
The BBC presenters asked whether it's fair that a single-income household bringing in £50,000 should have their benefit withdrawn, while a household with two incomes of £25,000 will keep theirs. Clearly not.
Here's a fair solution: nobody should receive child benefit. I should not be forced to subsidise other people's lifestyle choices. Those who struggle to afford the inevitable expenses of parenthood should not have children.
And who is most likely to be affected by the removal of the natural financial disincentives? Are their children going to be the leaders of tomorrow? Or the next generation of welfare recipients?
If we want to help the poor, we should reduce their tax burden. Child benefit is social engineering of the most dangerous kind.