I can't believe this article has appeared on the BBC News website.
This kind of dangerous, ridiculous nonsense is rampant in 1920s literary journals: there, anxious drama critics wrote that poverty and fertility were allied and recommended that workers should be sterilized, because the ruling classes had such low birth rates. You know, the sort of thing that got quite popular, I hear, in Germany. In the 1930s.
But this is 2007, and this is the British Broadcasting Corporation. Nation shall speak truth unto nation, right? In the words of my friend Nick, who sent me the link: WHAT THE FUCK?