News that a well known family are expecting their third child has helpfully highlighted the Tories’ hypocrisy over family planning.
A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that Theresa May has sent her congratulations to Will and Kate about their “fantastic news.”
No.10 gives Theresa May reaction to Royal pregnancy: "It's fantastic news and she's passed on her congratulations to the Duke + Duchess"
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) September 4, 2017
Unfortunately for thousands of other parents expecting their third child, it comes just months after the Tories imposed a two-child limit on tax credits.
Here’s the damage according to the Institute for Fiscal studies:
“The reform will mean about 600,000 three child families getting around £2,500 a year on average less than they would have got, with a further 300,000 families with four or more children getting £7,000 a year less on average.”
The irony and plain injustice of it all isn’t lost on some:
In the interests of fairness I trust the two-child benefit limit will apply to Royal babies to keep them off the public payroll…
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) September 4, 2017
Of course, with the government's new 2 child limit, I presume William and Kate's third child will receive no state support. #royalbaby
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) September 4, 2017
A referendum on the naming of the new Royal baby might soften the blow. Our favourite:
— Katie Martin (@katie_martin_fx) September 4, 2017