The Environment / Re: Would limiting population be the best solution for climate change and violence?« on: 25/10/2016 00:50:41 »
, you suggest that for the UK, a small sustainable population of 5 to 10 million would be ideal.
Unfortunately, the present population of the UK is over 60 million. To achieve your ideal, how would you suggest getting rid of the excess tens of millions?
Abolish all child allowances, and pay every woman aged 16 to 50 £500 every 6 months if she is not pregnant. This will pay for a lot of contraception (though you can get it for free anyway) and should discourage early or frequent reproduction. The net saving to the exchequer will be significant: fewer schools, reduced NHS maternity and paediatric services....Maybe allow one "bye" without affecting your entitlement to £1000 per year, but remember that there is no state support or housing consideration attached to any child: if you can't afford to raise a child, don't have any.
My feeling is that this will reduce the birthrate to about half replacement level. Old people will continue to die at pretty much the same rate, so there will be decreasing numbers in each cohort from age 60 upwards, to almost none at 100. The "working fraction" of the population, those between 20 and 60, increases from 0.5 to almost 0.6, so there's more tax money to pay for pensions and elderly care, and the entire population decreases to about 5 million over the next 100 years, with nobody having to do anything at all!
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