As you will see below, I used my Telegraph column today to write about how the Conservative Party has an opportunity to regain the business vote. In particular, it needs to target the small business vote. This cause will not be helped by today's announcement on maternity/paternity pay.
Imagine you are a small business, employing a dozen people. Imagine that you employ a husband and wife, who suddenly inform you that in three months time that they will be having a child. Your joy for them is unalloyed, but at the back of your mind you are dismayed. You are embarrassed at your train of thought and try to hide your dismay.
Why might you be dismayed? Because these two people have been trained to do a job and it would be impossible to replace them for a temporary period of six months if they both decide to take maternity/paternity leave.
So whatever the family benefits of this policy announcement may be (and they are many) I hope that safeguards for small businesses have been properly thought through.