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Sounds great, doesn’t it? The government has plans to give new fathers almost six months’ paid paternity leave. Cue despair from all those small businesses who wonder how they’ll cope with this radical change.

Apparently the idea, championed by Nick Clegg, is that new mums and dads will be able to take ‘shared’ parental leave in chunks of a few weeks or months at a time.

But has anybody thought this one through? The very firms that are supposed to be leading our economic recovery (ie the private sector) would be hit hardest.

And another thing. Any man who says he’s not secretly quite glad to be going back to work after the current two weeks of paternity leave is either lying or in the running for sainthood.