Take away the idea of true love and we would all have a better chance of happiness

The concept is dangerous because it sets up a whole battery of expectations and it downgrades the business end of love

I have been invited by the Oxford Union to debate the question “This house would abandon the ideal of true love”. I’m not sure why they invited me, a Family columnist, but I suppose it’s because families usually begin with two people falling in love.

The only problem is that I’m not sure which side to take. Eventually, and somewhat reluctantly, I came to the conclusion that I should speak for the motion. True love unquestionably exists – between parent and child. But I assume they are referring to romantic love. And here, I am less sure.

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