'Dysfunctional', 'breed' and 'maladjusted' are just some of the patronising and downgrading words that Smith uses when addressing his concerns around the so called 'underclass'. His article also displays his traditional family values that are common amongst traditional Tories (well most Tories, but at least the traditional ones admit it!). He consistently talks about the mother being the one who should look after the children. He makes out that it is the mother who is responsible for the dysfunction. Well what about the father then? This links to structural changes, we need to have better childcare policies, better paternity leave, to help families with bringing up kids. Simply stigmatising them as evil beings who just breed and breed is so wrong and illogical.
His concentration on the brain and how that influences people's behaviour is again telling of the Tories links to eugenics and arguments such as Survival of the Fittest. A clear quote that demonstrates this, and his sexist traditional attitudes is:
"At the top of the list is the need for the child to receive unconditional love, empathy and nurture from a parent. It is essential that a mother plays with and talks to the baby, as its brain slowly begins to imitate all that it sees and hears. Reading to the baby also stimulates its capacity to communicate."What about the father then? It isn't just about love either. Structural factors play a part. Structural changes need to take place to help with the baby's development. It is quite worrying what Smith is saying, given that he is the chairman of the Centre for Social Justice, which informs Tory policies. He complains that people are not doing anything to stop this happening but what polices are the Tories really proposing, except stigmatising. The few policies they do offer attack civil rights showing how clearly their rhetoric of freedom conflicts with their immoral and controlling attitude towards families and relationships. Their policies do not tackle the structural inequalities in society. Smith is prime example of the Tories backwards attitudes that will become clearer when they get into power.