...simply to prevent a small sector of society from abusing it?
A move to outlaw weddings for under-18s was backed by senior Tories yesterday.
The right to marry at the age of 16 is a loophole that should go because it encourages child abuse and exploitation, former chancellor Sajid Javid said.
Both of which are against the law. Is this so widespread? Well...
Mr Javid, who comes from a Pakistani background, said: ‘I’ve seen this myself in the community I was raised in, young girls expected to enter into marriage far before they were ready to with painful consequences. Let’s call this what it is: Child abuse.’
Yes, let's! And let's see some action against it that doesn't affect the existing rights of the majority population, shall we?
Academic and author on family law Patricia Morgan acknowledged the ‘problem of attitudes to women in some communities’ that see girls marry young, but added: ‘This is a very minor issue. It affects only a very small number of people. I am surprised ministers think it is worth the time and effort.’
Sadly, I'm not. It has the hallmarks of modern Toryism all over it. Ignore the elephas maxima in the room and find some way of looking to be doing something without actually pointing fingers.