A single paragraph from The American Conservative sums up the state of fatherhood in Britain today.
At the end of May, the National Health Service, the largest employer in Britain—and the fifth largest in the world—took the decision to excise the six-letter f-word from a pamphlet on rearing children that it has been giving to mothers- and fathers-to-be for the past 14 years. The pamphlet will no longer refer to fathers following a complaint from one person—yes, that is all it takes to airbrush people from history in modern Britain—who was concerned that such terminology is “not inclusive of people in same-sex relationships.” From now on the pamphlet will refer to mothers and “partners.” Dads are so 20th century.
The NHS could have easily, in the name of being inclusive, gotten rid of “mother” too and just used the term “parents” or “primary care giver” instead. But it chose not to. Because in the minds of government bureaucrats, fathers are of secondary, if not inconsequential importance to the lives of their children.