Like a juggernaut heading towards a wall, politics in Britain ploughs on ignoring the warnings to change course.
Yesterday the clumsily named Equality and Human Rights Commission put its foot down on the accelerator and declared that fathers should have the right to take four months parental leave. It would have sounded a progressive idea when London was booming in March 2007. Men would have discovered their caring side by bonding with their children. Women would have been relieved of the burdens of childcare. What could be fairer?