Britain has had a big baby-boom over the last decade and experts suspect that, inadvertently, Tony Blair and labour may be responsible but no one is sure.
According to a report out today, women in the UK have suddenly started to have significantly larger families: in 2001 the average was 1.64 but by 2008 it was 1.97.
The experts are confident the explanation is not immigration but think it might be due to policies to reduce child poverty by the labour government while in power.
The graph shows the high fertility rates (TFR) of the sixties then plummeted with the introduction of the contraceptive pill and stayed well below the level required to replace the population for 25 years.
It The British, however, have traditionally rejected the notion of politicians interfering in family life. As today’s Rand report puts it: “Successive UK governments have
It appears that British women may have changed their minds on having larger families or is it due to immigration as quarter of UK babies are born to foreign mothers.
The graph shows that women aged between 25 and 29 (the purple line) has been falling since 1980 and then in 2001 the trend reverses.
Are we as a nation going back to old strong family values of large families or is it simply that woman can now take a break from careers more easily now as attitudes have changed or is it just a fluctuation that will level out over the next few years.
We will have to wait and see what the future brings the UK