Peter Hitchens on Question Time
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Peter Hitchens: 'Phoney outrage' over welfare reform

15 June 2012 Last updated at 12:35 BST

Following the government's announcement of an expansion of the scheme to tackle problem families, newspaper columnist Peter Hitchens told the Question Time audience that the reason we have this problem is predominantly the subsidising of fatherless families by the welfare state.

Emily Thornberry, Labour's shadow attorney general, responded angrily by saying that problem families cannot simply be defined as fatherless families living on council estates.

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